In scripture, the guy who couldn’t see didn’t expect Jesus’ answer would come in such an offensive way.
By Heather Djunga
When you ask the Lord for healing or help in an area, you don’t expect Him to say to you, ‘Just hold still while I put some spit in your eyes?”
But this messy mixture of spit and mud rubbed across the eyes by the hands of Jesus was just what the doctor had ordered.
Sight was restored.
We were talking about this with a group of ladies during a prayer meeting at Monday. One of my friends related how her daughter, who recently went overseas to Thailand for a season as a teacher, had learned through having had her luxuries reduced to necessities, the value of small things.
She and her boyfriend have had to brave tough conditions and build up a new life from scratch in setting up home in a foreign land. This has not been easy and most recently, they acquired their own table, and a pile of towels, from an American couple who were selling their things to return home.
She was elated about having her own table!
She is teaching at a disadvantaged school in Thailand and decided to buy a little bag of sweets to give to the children for good work. Her partner is teaching at a more privileged school at a more upmarket part of Thailand.
She said just giving the Top 5 in her class a tiny sweet each, motivated the entire class to work extra hard.
This same incentive didn’t work with quite the same effect in her boyfriend’s school.
But had things not been so tough in building up their lives from the basics, the small blessings of everyday life might have remained unseen by her.
In the messy ‘spit and mud’ situation of having to find her feet in a new country, the Lord has opened her eyes to see. These things would have remained unseen to her before.
So many people have been affected by the tough economy. How many things which you took for granted before do you now realise have great value? Like a holiday by the sea. Or coffee and cake at a fancy French-style café? Or movie and a jumbo sized box of popcorn? Even toenails painted at a local spa. These are the things many of us have had to cut back on because of ‘tough times’.
Some of us have learned to leave our ivory towers and stand together, braving reduced budgets and sharing from bulk purchases. We’ve learned the value of each other and community through the ‘spit and mud’ of what could very well be one of the way’s the Lord is bringing us together as a true rainbow people and not just a ‘Rainbow Nation’ on paper and in theory.
Things a little spit and mud messy?
Maybe there’s something the Lord wants you to see.
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