I LOVE it when a Bible story reveals something new to me! How about you?
The story of Jesus healing the man who was born blind. Here's how the story goes:
John 9 New International Version (NIV)Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Now, there's a lot of cool stuff happening here, no doubt. But, here's what really jumped out at me:
This dude is blind, he can't see, his eyes don't work. And what does Jesus do in order to heal him? HE PUTS MUD IN THE MAN"S EYES! Do what??!! Think about that: Dirt. And spit. In his eyes. Because he can't see.
Does this strike anyone else as just a tad ironic? Slightly counterintuitive? Just plain crazy? I don't know about you, but where I come from, it's a bad thing to have dirt and spit in your eyes.
And, you know, Jesus had options here. He could've healed the man in so many other warm, fuzzy, cleaner ways - with just a look, a touch, a word. He could have spritzed his eyes with some nice, cool water and healed them that way. But, he chose mud, and here's what I get out of that:
In order for God to heal me, guide me, teach me, I just may have to do something that completely makes no sense (to me). In fact, what I need to do or go through may actually be painful in the short-term, Lord, help me to be able to trust, believe, and even get down in the dirt if I need to, in order to receive what you have for me.
Scripture source: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+9&version=NIV
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