God want the best for us, but just like a parent, he know that doesn't mean giving us everything we ask for. I try to teach my daughter right from wrong and how to grow into a strong, self-sufficient person. God does the same thing with His children, with us. He want to teach us how to be better and that often means going through a trial to learn a lesson.
In Mark 8:22-25, some people bring a blind man to Jesus and beg for his sight. Jesus grants this request, but after laying hands on the man once his is not fully healed. Jesus lays hands on him again and he can see clearly. Jesus had the power to heal the man with one touch, however, he chose not to. Instead, Jesus taught a lesson.
Our healing and our growth are often a gradual progression, not an instant gratification. Once the healing begins, we are aware of improvement, but not clear sight. We must have faith that the healing is incomplete and we still have more to learn. Jesus also proves in this passage that even though the healing is gradual, Jesus will not leave you until it is complete. The man was completely healed and could see clearly before Jesus sent him away.
In a world of instant gratification, it is difficult to wait on God’s time. however, the knowledge that God is still working on you gradually and will not leave you is comforting, especially in times of struggle.
Help me to joyfully be patient, to endure, the trials I am faced so I can learn and grow. I thank you for your healing and I have faith you will not leave me. I take comfort in your presence and your timing. Help me to overcome the expectation of instant gratification and wait on you.