“He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:6b-7)



This passage is a real eye opener! Imagine if we had healing services like this at church, where we smeared spit and mud on those who came up for prayer. “Now, go wash yourself. Come back when you’re better.” I’m not sure many would return. Personally, I’m sticking with anointing oil, the sweet-smelling aromatic kind. It’s much more pleasant than any clay I could concoct from saliva.

I appreciate that Jesus didn’t have a set protocol for healing. He liked to mix things up a bit. At times He simply spoke and “Poof” miracles happened. If a touch was in order, He’d stretch out His hand. On at least one occasion a woman reached for his garment and was healed. With the blind man, however, Jesus operated far outside the box. Using a mixture of mud made from spittle, the Good Lord gave the fella an eyeful. While I may not care for this particular method, the fact is God used quite effectively.

It’s clear from Jesus’ unorthodox example that there is more than one way to do ministry. Some ways may not always make sense to us, but when has that ever been a requirement for God to work? He seems to favor the mysterious. For example, today we have a new generation of young, innovative preachers. While some old timers may not care for their style, God uses them all the same.

The fact is that we were all formed from the same dirt. We are earthen vessels uniquely shaped for whatever purpose He has in mind. I may never understand how He pours from you, or why for that matter. You may be equally confused by how He uses me. Does it really matter if eyes are opening, healing is happening and God is working? That’s the important thing.

As for the blind man, I really have to hand it to him. I’m not sure I would’ve approved of a complete stranger smearing mud and spit in my eye sockets. You must admit, that requires a great deal of trust. Well, as absurd as Jesus’ methods seemed, the blind man cooperated!

This is the same trust we’re to have once we surrender our lives to Christ. Understanding should never be a condition for our obedience. When it comes to obedience to the Lord, there should be no conditions whatsoever. When He speaks, it’s not for us to ask why. When He tells us to wash the dirt from our eyes, we do it. Only then will they be opened. Only then will we see our Mighty Healer. Until such time, we won’t see spit.

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