Have you ever found something hiding in plain sight? While I don’t remember the specifics, I’m sure I’ve had this experience: something has gone missing, I spend way too long looking for it, only to find it at a later time in plain sight. As a bonus, it’s often in a place I checked two or three times during my search. Has that ever happened to you?
I’m not sure why or how this happens. It seems like we just can’t see the obvious, right in front of our eyes sometimes. As I read this week’s “strange story from the Bible”, I’m reminded of this “hiding in plain sight” dilemma. Mark writes in chapter 5 of his Gospel about one strange dude:
He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Mark 5:3-4
If I encountered someone like this, I’d probably think he was just crazy. On the surface, in plain sight as it were, that makes sense. But just before this verse, Mark says the man has been living with an “unclean spirit.” Later in the story, Mark described the man as demon-possessed.
What appeared to be an earthly problem was actually a spiritual one. Maybe some of your earthly struggles are actually spiritual ones. Like this demon-possessed man, you may not be able to solve the problem on your own because of this. So what do you do? Here’s what happened to the man from our story:
And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For [Jesus] was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” Mark 5:7-8
Jesus recognized the spiritual problem and healed the man. So let’s be like this demon-possessed man and bring our problem to Jesus, the one who can heal!