When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged Him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, He laid His hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.” – Mark 8:22-26 (NLT)
Ever hear the story of King Midas and The Midas Touch? Well if you haven’t let me give you a little backstory. In exchange for winning a war or whatever, King Midas asks for the gift to turn anything he touches to gold. (Great storyteller so far right)? He gets his wish and is loving the fact that everything he touches literally turns into gold. That is, until he realizes that he can’t eat or drink normally and accidentally touches his beloved daughter who turns into gold as well. Naturally, he comes to regret this decision and lives the rest of his life happily never after. The end.
That was my little synopsis (there are many variations to this story) but you get my drift. King Midas was so wrapped up in greed that he didn’t weigh the consequences of that request before asking for it. Many of us do the same thing. We ask for something, allowing our “eyes to get bigger than our stomach,” only to find out that what we’re asking for isn’t what we expected or more than we can handle.
Now we heard my version of the old tale but let’s apply this to our spiritual walks. The only person we know to have the “Midas Touch” is God, even though it may not always appear that He does. Nevertheless, even when it feels as if the Lord has done more harm than good by “touching” our situations; once the dust settles, we’re able to see how wonderful His Midas touch really is.
In Mark 8, Jesus heals the blind man just as he has done for others before, but this time He does something a little different. After touching the man in verse 23, He proceeds to ask him if he can see anything. (Now hold up! Since when does Jesus ask for a survey after healing or delivering someone?) The blind man then responds by saying that he can see but he can’t see clearly. We’ve seen in earlier passages where Jesus spoke the word or touched someone once and they were completely healed. So why was this case different? Well, we know it isn’t because He lacks the ability to heal and make whole in just one shot. This leads me to believe that Jesus had an intent of not healing the blind man immediately but through a process of touching him twice.
Ok, so what’s the point?
As believers many of us are encouraged and inspired by the testimonies of others. We may even map out our plans and model our choices after the choices others have made. But the gag is, just because someone gets married at 30 doesn’t mean you’ll get married at that age or sooner because you’re so much further in your spiritual walk. (You tried it though.) Also, just because someone started their company in their 20’s doesn’t mean that God has the same plan for you. Jesus healed many people in many different ways and He didn’t always use the same method.
So the point is, just because Jesus touched someone else’s life in one way doesn’t mean He will touch yours the same. Don’t write your vision in pen and get frustrated when God decides to make adjustments. As the potter, He expects you to mold to whatever shape He sees fit. You can’t do that when you’re preoccupied with trying to dictate when, where, what and how He touches you. You want God to perform the “Midas Touch” over your life and bless you with more money, a spouse, and a new car or job but you don’t want to endure the process of being touched? King Midas was so focused on the “gold” that he didn’t weigh the consequences of what he asked for. You’re so focused on being married, that once a test comes after “I do” you complain. Maybe you didn’t weigh the “for better or for worse” as much as you thought you did. But for that “gold” you prayed.
As word of mouth spread around town I’m sure the lame, blind, deaf and possessed all had an idea of how Jesus was going to heal and deliver them. Although they’re coming to Jesus with faith and great expectancy, they still had to possess an open-mindedness to allow Him to perform the way He saw fit. Don’t allow your “plan” to cause you to miss out on your deliverance because it isn’t wrapped in the packaging you expected. Let’s flip to 2 Kings:
But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.”
So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”
But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. – 2 Kings 5:8-12 (NLT)
This is what clay trying to tell the potter what to do looks like. Naaman suffered from leprosy and was not only offended when Elisha didn’t perform some “voo-doo” looking ritual but had someone else come out and tell him to go dip in the river in order to be healed. However, by the grace of God, Naaman had some true friends on his team (#circlecheck) that told him:
But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’ So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed! – 2 Kings 5:13-14 (NLT)
Look at God! Naaman almost missed out on his breakthrough because he was expecting God to touch him in a different way, more than likely the way he heard it was done for someone else. But that way of thinking almost costed him his deliverance. (SN: Many times God may have already provided you with an “open door” to your healing but you’re too stubborn and disobedient to walk away from your mess. Your obedience is vital to your breakthrough.) So don’t let that be you! Don’t overthink and over-analyze God’s commands, just obey! Sometimes you may have to look a little crazy to man in order to please God. (Ask Noah!)
When you pray for God to touch you be prepared for what that may entail. You want God to touch you and strengthen your faith so He does that by allowing you to lose your job, he strips you of friends and family and you’re wondering “what in the heck is going on here, I didn’t ask for this!” But you did. Don’t become discouraged because God is touching you in His way and not the way you wanted Him to. Don’t step outside of God’s will or give up altogether because your journey looks different than what you originally mapped out. Be encouraged because you know that victory is on the other side. Your finite mind was only looking at your situation for face value but God is taking you the long route so when that “Midas Touch” manifests you will be able to handle it maturely.
Not only do you expect God to touch you in your own pre-meditated way, you pack up your “untouchables,” place them in a box and label it off limits. In other words, you want God to bless your relationship/courtship but you don’t want to give up fornication and lustful thoughts. You want God to bless your marriage but you’re still watching pornography and operating in selfishness. You want God to elevate you into spiritual leadership but you still have a bitter and prideful heart. You want God to move in the areas you’ve chosen while leaving the other areas of your life untouched and intact. You can’t pick and choose what you want God to touch. It’s either all or nothing! You want God to give you this cookie-cutter short cut and grow frustrated when your journey consists of a few bumps in the road. But those bumps in the road are growing you. You can’t expect to fulfill your calling when you’re not willing to be prepared for it. Even in your process of healing you may have to be spit on at times.
Hold up, did I just say that?
I surely did! In Mark 8, not only does Jesus touch the blind man but He spits on him as well. Now I know many of us would be like “God, can’t You heal me without spitting on me? That’s gross!” Yet that’s very well what He may decide to do because plainly and simply… He can do whatever He chooses to do. He’s the potter and we’re the clay. Although it may seem like God worsens our situations before He improves them, that doesn’t mean He’s intentionally trying to cause us harm. The pruning process may not feel good but you can rest knowing that in the end you will glitter as “gold.” Isaiah 48:10 says “I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.” You may be experiencing fire right now but it’s working for your good. **(Cue praise music here.)**
When you want God to show up in your life and touch you, you have to be willing to make room for Him. God can’t get the glory in your fabricated blessings. He doesn’t get the glory from Ishmael. He gets the glory from what He orchestrates. At times, God has to sour our circumstances so we can recognize that we don’t have the power to be our own God. He knows that we’re not self-sufficient but until we’re able to recognize and accept that we’re insufficient, He will allow us to continue to play His role. See unlike us, who overstep our boundaries all the time, God has manners, you have to welcome Him into your life, He won’t just bombard His way in. (Not always, i.e Saul before He became Paul.) He has to remove you so He can step in and do Him. But you must first be willing to step aside!
How has God recently touched your circumstances? Do you feel as if you can’t look pass the “spit” in your life to receive your healing? Are you too caught up in someone else’s testimony that you’ve allowed discouragement and discontentment to set in? Are you in a season where you’re still waiting on God to touch you? No matter where you are in your journey, I encourage you to stand firm and wait on the Lord. He hasn’t forgotten about you and He desires to heal and deliver you. He doesn’t want you to be trapped in your “illness” any longer than you have to be. But as the clay you must be willing to trust the expertise and craftsmanship of the potter. Don’t frustrate the process and end up dry, battered and broken. God’s touch won’t end up anything like the story of King Midas. When He touches you, it will truly be “gold” and there won’t be any regrets.
Peace and love.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19 NLT