Breathe Through Your Legs (Mark 8:22-25)

“So we don’t hold him too tightly or he will suffocate!”

 

The magnificent falcon was perched on the trainer’s gloved arm. At this close proximity, I observed the nasal orifices on its beak were perforated, allowing me to completely see through it. “He injured his beak a few years ago. Cocaine abuser!” We snickered with the trainer. Falcons and most birds do not have diaphragms like most air-breathing animals. Instead, the air enters through the nasal orifices and is directed into the lungs. Through an intricate series of physiologic connections, the air is then channeled to air sacs and hollow bones, allowing for immediate access of the air to the vital organs.

 

“A few months ago, he was sick so he needed oxygen. Because his nasal orifice was damaged, we had to hook up the breathing device through his bones. He was breathing through his legs!”

 

Amazing!

 

I marvel at the biological diversity of God’s Creation. Humans are just one part of God’s beautiful and diverse landscape of life, replete with its staggering biological diversity.

 

…And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.  And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Mark 8::22-25 (ESV)

 

The Gospels record many miraculous healings that Jesus performed. In this miracle recorded in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus takes several extraordinary steps to heal a man of his blindness. He spit on his eyes, laid hands on his eyes, then laid his hands on him again. Critics and scoffers claim that Jesus was not powerful enough to initially heal the man. Let’s examine the situation from the opposite premise. Jesus is God and could instantly heal the man of his blindness.  In other healings, Jesus instantly healed their physical afflictions. Why then did He choose to do it in steps for this man? This remarkable and beautiful example illustrates the sensitivity that God has for our biological diversity. Jesus perceived that this man needed to be slowly led from darkness into light. It was a personalized transformation, physically and spiritually tailored for that man.

 

Like the complexity of the falcon’s breathing system, God created and endowed us with a complex biology. God honors and embraces our biological diversity. He heals some by His voice and words alone, others He heals by His touch. We are all in different stages of physical and spiritual development. He sees beyond our pain and suffering and seeks to heal us in the most powerful and meaningful manner that resonates at the deepest level of our individuality, our biological diversity and personality.

 

All praise to the Living God!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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