Mark 8:22-25 King James Version (KJV)
22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
During His time on earth, Jesus performed many miracles and many others were never recorded in the Bible. One miracle we know of well is that of the blind man in Bethsaida. Jesus, moved by compassion, gave sight to this man but unlike most miracles it was not instantaneous.
When Jesus touches the blind man the first time he responds, “I see men like trees, walking.” His vision had come back, but as you can tell it was blurred. Jesus then proceeds to touch the man a second time, and it was only then that he was able to see clearly. Jesus could’ve simply spoken the word but chose to do so otherwise.
Many times we pray for instant relief, however, oftentimes God purposefully chooses to work gradually. It’s possible you have been praying the same prayers for years and have yet to receive a definite and final answer from God. If that is the case, I encourage you to continue praying. Small victories are not to be overlooked and undermined.
James reminds us that patience indeed is a virtue:
James 1:2-4 King James Version (KJV) 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
When we feel tempted to lose hope, let us remember that on this path towards perfection, God calls us to wait on Him. Waiting on the Lord means having full confidence that He who started a good work is faithful to finish and complete it. Had Naaman not obeyed Elisha’s instructions to bathe himself in the Jordan River seven times, he would’ve never received his healing.
Jesus never promised instant relief from our trials, but He promised to take us by the hand as He did the blind man and touch our lives until we see our miracles come to pass. While your answer is on the way, hold fast onto God as He holds fast unto you.