There are times when being spat at and having mud thrown at you is the best thing that ever happened to you!
John 9: 6-7
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth ….he spat 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.”
- This man had never seen.
Experiments across the world have shown for many years that those who cannot see are better than those who can at pinpointing sound and are more accurate at placing its distance. Blindness can develop other skills to compensate which the sighted do not have. However the list is endless of what the blind have missed of this world. I read a moving story yesterday: A 90 year old man approached his pastor after a meaningful time of worship. The man had been blind from birth and told the pastor he wanted to “see” him. He ran his fingers over the minister’s face, then began to cry. He asked, “When I open my eyes for the first time, you know who I will be looking at, don’t you?” The pastor said, “Yes, you will be looking at Jesus.” The man then cried out with joy. “Pastor, it is worth being blind for ninety years to know that the first time I open my eyes, I will be looking at Jesus!” Beautiful and true!
This man had never seen but when his eyes were opened he was still blind to who Jesus was and that would come later.
- This man never had spit and mud on his eyes.
There are some things that Jesus did and we don’t know why he did it the way he did. We could speculate but we would be in danger of missing the point. There are times when all we must do is trust Him. It may not be easy being spat at. It may not be easy having mud in your eyes. But it could be the beginning of an amazing miracle!
- This man had never been sent
Siloam means ‘one who has been sent’.
He was a beggar used to sitting by the roadside. He wasn’t for sending anywhere. No one had previously trusted him to do anything. It was ‘Go away’ and not ‘Go on a mission or an errand.’ But Jesus is sending him, he gives the man a purpose and dignity which he had never had before.
Are you ready to do something you’ve never done before?
Will you trust God even if he does it the unconventional way?
Are you ready to be the one to implement the changes necessary?