Earth science describes the difference between erosion and weathering. While both change the landscape of the earth, one simply moves material from one place to another and the other breaks down material (rocks and soil) without movement. These changes occur over long spans of time except for catastrophic events. The more major the event, e.g., earthquake or flood, the quicker the change.
Finances are relatable in so many ways. Massive shifts in gains or losses make for quick movements up or down the financial ladder. An inheritance or some windfall can bolster the status of any family while medical bills or a major loss can cripple them. The not so popular method of small investments also adds to the home, but the benefits are not readily seen.
In most cases, the human expression is to seek the immediate change. We are creatures of habit, looking for a quick fix to our situation. People in every age and culture have desired swift resolutions to life-long problems. The lottery has been around for a long time.
John 9 is a showcase of God’s immediate power. He can heal in a moment of time. God can deliver those that are bound in the blink of an eye; give provision in a single day; or resurrect the dead by a solitary word. He is able to do more than we can imagination. However, there is another way of healing which leads us to the thought of restoration. That truth is found in Mark 8.
John 9 is the instant miracle. The man washed his eyes “and came seeing.” John 9:7. Mark 8 is a progressive healing. The blind man in Mark 8 did not receive an immediate change. Though Jesus had the power to heal in an instant, there was a life lesson offered to all who would receive it. Here’s the Word: Mark 8:25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes.
Restoration is a little different than the immediate miracle. Restoration entails change over time. It is the reworking of the human spirit; mending of the wounded places of life. Sometimes it happens so subtly we cannot see it for its great worth. Over time, a restored life is one where old things are removed and replaced by the new. Over time, the restored family, home, marriage, or individual finds strength and faith they never had before.
I pray for a John 9 moment in your life. We will rejoice and shout when it happens. God can! Nevertheless, I want to be careful to recognize the change over time and rejoice all the same. Some who read this are in process. You are being restored and that is just as powerful and wonderful as the immediate change. You have come so that Jesus can once more put His hands on you.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole