“And when Jesus departed hence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matt. 9:27-29)
From Alma in the Book of Mormon, we learn that faith can start as nothing more than a desire to believe that is sincere enough that we are willing to test and try the things of God that are being taught to us. When I put that idea with the passage above from the New Testament, my heart soars with joy.
I am still amazed at how willing the Savior is to meet us where we are, as long as we are willing to listen to Him! He doesn’t require faith to move mountains, He requires enough hope and belief to take the first step. He then uses our experiences through that step to grow our faith. That’s all it takes to get started!
On the other hand, I have to wonder how many miracles and blessings I’ve sold myself short on in life. How many times have I felt that I was responsible, that I had to prove myself, or that I couldn’t ask God for help until I was past everything that I could do for myself? How many times have I stopped short, wondering if He loves me that much? How many times have I dismissed a spiritual prompting because I was convinced I wasn’t worthy enough to ask for something?
In their society, these blind men were beggars and outcasts. It was a common assumption to believe that their plight was in consequence for someone’s sin. They heard enough to believe that Jesus just might be the promised Messiah, followed Him, and ASKED.
Maybe it’s time to take another look at my inner beliefs and rely on faith a little bit more.