A Second Touch

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 8:22-26

The New Testament records dozens of Jesus’ miracles, and in every case one touch was enough. But one miracle needed a repeat application. In this story from Mark, a second touch was needed. Jesus touched the blind man once and asked, “Do you see anything?” The man squinted and said, “I see men, but they look like trees walking.” Jesus touched the man a second time, and then he could see clearly.

Which suggests that while our conversion may be instantaneous, our comprehension of what it means to be a Christian happens in stages. Sometimes it takes a second touch—or a third or a fourth— for us to see other people as children of God. It takes a second touch, sometimes, for us to see ourselves as stewards of God’s resources. More than one touch is required, frequently, for us to see non-believers as wandering sheep who need the Good Shepherd. Lord, touch us again!

Discussion: In what areas of life do you need a second touch?

PRAYER

Lord, touch me again. Touch me where I need to be touched, that I may see clearly who I am, and whose I am. Amen.