In Mark 10, a blind beggar hears Jesus is near, and calls out to him. Jesus asks the blind man what he wants. That seems like either a dumb question or a cruel one. But it’s actually brilliant and merciful. Jesus knows what the man needs, but also knows the man really needs to hear himself say it. He’s been a beggar for years, maybe all his life. It’s his identity. It’s all he knows. To have his sight means the end of the only way he knows to live. But the question reveals to himself he truly wants a better one. He responds to Jesus, “Lord, I want to see.”
Jesus then says something amazing: “Go your way, your faith has made you well.” He didn’t say, “I make you well,” but “your faith.” The man’s belief there was a greater reality possible, and Jesus was the way to that reality, healed his sight. I don’t pretend to know everything about how that works, but I know he partnered with Jesus in his own healing. He agreed with Jesus’ view of his life, instead of going back to the security of how he’d thought for years, and how others had judged him. In choosing to trust God more than the familiarity of his pain, he climbed out of his hole forever.