Did you ever wonder about the journey of the blind man to the pool of Siloam? Jesus’instructions sounded simple. Unless you had to find your way there blind…
By Heather Djunga
In the Gospel accounts of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus consistently knew how to get to the root of a person’s issues.
They came to him for healing but Jesus offered a deeper healing.
Remember the story of the blind man Jesus healed.
Jesus put mud and spit on his eyes and then told him to go and wash his eyes.
“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”
For a blind man this is an impossible request.
Imagine there were lots of trees and buildings and stairs nearby. It was going to be an interesting pilgrimmage for the said blind man.
Who tells a blind man to go find a pool?
So how did he make it? Did he ‘bump and bruise’ his way there.
There have been theological speculations that the man was helped along the way by others; that in his journey to sight and back to life, he had to learn to reach out to community.
His sight was restored but he saw so much more after his experience than just the obvious.
He saw the people around him. He saw them as God saw them. He saw their value. He saw their love.So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Jesus’ methods can be offensive but he is the Great Physician and He knows how to get to the heart of woundedness.
Maybe you have prayed and prayed for something and find the opposite happening. Your pray for a voice and a storm comes but God knows you will find your voice in the storm. You ask for courage and over yonder there, rises Goliath.
You ask God, ‘Bless me’ and Jesus sets you up with someone else to bless. You cry to God because you’re so offended by what is happening around you, the injustices, the audacity, and God allows an even more offensive person than the last one to enter your little comfort zone.
Because maybe your restoration does not lie in self effort but in surrendering self. Maybe, like the blind man, you have to realise that doing things as you have always done them, staying safe on the curb, with your blankie around you in comfort – blind but comfortable in the familiarity of it all – is not going to restore you.
You must reach out.
“You want to see?” Jesus reasoned with the blind man. “”Well let me give you super vision. I will help you see things as I see them.”
The pool’s name the man was told to wash in was called Siloam, which means ‘sent’.
When Jesus sends out, He does so much more than help the person he is sending you too. When he says “Go”, the incredible journey to the pool of sent is going to change you.
Has he asked you to ‘Go’ with broken wings? Is he telling you to flap those broken wings and fly?
Who does that kind of thing?
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.