Have you ever needed to stay in bed for a week, or broken a leg and couldn’t use it?
The muscles get weak from not being used.
So, like the man born blind having his brain rewired when Jesus gave him sight, another man, also disabled from birth, experienced far more than what was immediately obvious:
From Acts 2:2-10
2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple.
3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.
4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”
5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
8 And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God,
10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
His legs had never carried weight – and he could leap? He could keep his balance when he had never walked before?
The multitude of miracles is breath-taking!
And best of all, he got the most important thing right: walking and leaping and PRAISING GOD!
That man died many centuries ago. If God, using Peter, had only healed his legs, the good done for him would have been temporary.
But praising God? We’ll get to do that forever!