Visualization is a scripture study skill where you try to imagine in your mind what you are reading about. I think of it like being a movie director. If I were making a movie about this scene, how would I do it. What would the characters look like, young or old, male or female? How would they be dressed? What would the weather be like, the scenery? Then I like to think about each character and about their “motivation”, I mean how they are feeling, what they bring to the scene. It can be very powerful and help me see things I hadn’t noticed in the scriptures before. For example this excerpt from Matthew 20:
30 ¶And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
I don’t even remember reading this story before though I’m sure I have. The first thing that struck me was about the possible friendship that the two blind men shared. To me the idea of being blind sounds terrifying. If I had to choose, I would choose almost anything else, the world is scary enough sometimes when you can see it coming. These two men were facing one of my greatest fears, but they were not alone, they had each other.
It made me stop and think about friendship and how important it is in our lives. We, human beings, are wired for connection. Sometimes we marry our friends, or our friends are blood-related. Sometimes they are people we found while we were sitting on the sidewalk. But whether they’ve been there all your life (like family) or they come to you along the way, what matters is that they are there for you in those dark moments. When you cry out for help and the rest of the world ignores you or rebukes, you but that friend is there.
And who else is there? Christ. How did they know He was near? They couldn’t see Him. They must have heard the voices in the crowd. Perhaps they felt a different energy in the air. Somehow they knew. It is the same for us. We can’t see Him, and yet He is there for us in our darkest hours.
Finally, over the voices of the crowd, He heard them and answered their request. They did what good friends do, they got up and followed Him.
Had He helped you to see? Are you following Him, being a loyal friend? It reminds me of the song, Amazing Grace. “I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” This is the invitation He extends to all of us. It’s our choice whether we follow Him, or stay behind in the dark.