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Your Faith Has Made You Well

The windows in my jeep are “fairly” clean. I mean, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being spotlessly clean, I am about a 7. Or so I think until I come around the corner and the sun hits the windshield just right, and I am blinded.


That is exactly what happened this morning. I can see perfectly fine. I have been driving to and from work, church, family visits, all, just fine. But today, the sun was in just the right spot and I could not see.


And what is that film that builds up inside our car windows? That stuff is horrible! It’s hard to get off and many times, the product I used to clean it, leaves streaks and a film of its own. Smoking in a car can certainly cause this sort of visual hazard, but it comes from other things as well.


I found this online today from the Smail Auto Group: “Cigarette smoke, condensation, and dust blend in a closed, hot interior to form a “cloud” that eventually coats the windows. The hotter the weather, the quicker the film builds up.


In new vehicles, evaporation of materials (used in the manufacturer of various plastic and vinyl interior components) also contributes to this film.


This phenomenon, called “outgassing,” is common to all new vehicles, it’s also what gives a new vehicle that “new-car smell.” As the vehicle ages, the outgassing diminishes.


Keeping the inside of the vehicle cooler reduces the buildup of this film. We recommend parking the vehicle in the shade or using a sunshade, leaving the windows down slightly when parked, and insulating the dashboard with a dash cover.


We’ve also found that a solution of one-part white vinegar to ten parts water is the best for cleaning the film off the inside of vehicle windows.” (Source: smailauto.com)


When the sun is just right and hits your windshield just right, you can be completely blinded. I will definitely be trying the vinegar solution when I get home today.


I think of how shocking it is when we clean our windshields for the first time in a long time. Suddenly the world is crisper and clearer. There is very little glare, everything is in focus, and it seems brilliant. The same is true for any house mirror. Over time it collects dust and little by little we begin to see a muted version of ourselves until one day we clean the mirror, and, wow! How did I let it get so dirty?


1 Corinthians 13 Paul speaks about the Greatest Gift. We call it the love chapter. But towards the end of the chapter, verse 12 gives us a strong visual. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”


Just like that dirty mirror or dirty windshield change the way we perceive the world; Satan tries to change the way we perceive God.


Jesus did so much when He was on this earth; and in just three short years. He did more than heal the sick and raise the dead. He was on a mission to change the way the world perceived His Father. Jesus was all about showing love, kindness, and empathy, and by doing so He showed planet earth His Abba.


“Jesus said to him, “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father;” John 14:9 NKJV


There was a time when Jesus left Jericho with His disciples and what the Bible calls “a great multitude”.


They were walking down the road and unbeknownst to them, a blind man was just ahead, sitting on the side of the road begging. His name was Bartimaeus.

When Bartimaeus heard the commotion of the crowd; when heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, Mark 10 tells us “he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”


Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”


So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.


Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”


And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.


So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”


The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”


Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” Mark 10:46-52 NKJV


I want Jesus to speak those words to me! Don’t you?


I try to imagine how special it would be to have Jesus standing right in front of me, visible, physical, speaking to me. Speaking to you. His eyes smile as He lovingly and softly says, “Your faith has made you well.”

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