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Friday, December 4

Terri Gabrielson

Matthew 9:27-31

When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”

Recently, I spent a week with my grandchildren who live in Florida. Several times I was struck by the fact that my four-year-old granddaughter trusted that her parent would be there when she was about to engage in something that scared her. Before she was a good swimmer, she trusted that her father would be there to catch her when she jumped into the pool and her mother would be there, when as a super-hero, she flew off the bed. It made me wonder where I place my trust.

The two blind men we meet in these verses demonstrate faith, trust, in Christ, not in their parents, doctors, or those that spoke of themselves as healers, but in Jesus, Son of David. This was the man they had heard about, the man who raised a child from the dead and cured a man who had been a paraplegic. In each instance He spoke about the power of their faith. He asks the blind men, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” and they answer yes.

Typically, I am a person who lives in her head, searching for answers in the practical, in doubt of the possibility of a positive outcome, perhaps a pessimist. I wonder how often my faith could have allowed me to turn to Jesus in prayer and believe He would catch me, maybe not in providing me with the result I have decided would be the answer, but helping me find peace. Through trust in His power, faith, could my eyes, like the eyes of the blind men, be open to the possibility of healing, of rising from fear or hopelessness?

Perhaps the story of the two blind men who meet Jesus after He has raised the child from the dead is meant to emphasize to me the power of faith. He asks them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” What would my answer be?

During this season of Advent, I want my answer to be “yes.” Yes, to trusting that Jesus will catch me when I am jumping into situations that frighten me, situations where I can stop, and know that faith is part of the solution. Yes, to knowing that I can find peace and refuge in a God that has the power and the desire to strengthen me. Every day I want to stop and be aware of how my faith is reflected in the ordinary moments of my life. It is said that whatever we pay attention to will grow. My challenge is to pay attention to my faith, to trust and jump into the arms of Christ.

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