Joe and Jessa I have noticed that when people try to hold something up for me to look at they hold it close! During the last few months I have seen a decline in my ability to focus. I have gotten to the point where I have enlarged the font size on my eye gaze computer so everything is not blurry! This dilemma made me think of the time when Jesus took two steps to heal a blind man.
Right before Jesus heals the blind man at Bethsaida He is trying to make a point to His disciples. He tells them to be careful, watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. They didn't understand the sin analogy. Jesus calls them out for having having hard hearts. They have eyes but they didn't see, and ears but they didn't hear! (Mark 8)
When Jesus first asked the blind man what he saw, his vision wasn't clear. He was honest with Jesus. He didn't pretend to be okay. I'm in the same position. I'm often initially uncertain about what God wants me to see or understand in certain situations. Spiritual clarity is available to us. We need to only admit that we need it and be tender and teachable.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
II Peter 1:2, 3