Day 9, Chapter 9
Jesus healed a blind man.
Did you catch that? A guy was blind, from birth, his whole life, now an adult. And Jesus made his eyes see. I’m letting that sink in, because seriously?!?! How is it that these miracles are recorded and I get to read about them and still I forget that this is amazing stuff?
I’ve read this before, countless times. But today, I’m awed. The way that Jesus restored sight to this man is interesting to me too:
“[Jesus] spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mudand said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.” (vv. 6–7)
I’m guessing Jesus could have healed the man on the spot. Instead, there was a process. Jesus did something (spit on the ground, made mud with the siliva, anointed the man’s eyes, and gave his instruction). The man did something (allowed Jesus to put mud on his eyes and followed the instruction). It took this man’s time, effort, willingness, faith, obedience.
So often I want the instant miracle. I want Jesus to fix me where I’m broken and right now. But most of the time, Jesus heals me in process. He does some things and gives me instruction. Then I have to follow through . . . sometimes I get lost on my way to the pool of Siloam.
Today, I’m asking God to help me follow through on the instructions He’s already given me, so that my broken places might be healed.
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If you missed Days 1–9, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 10, Chapter 10. All are welcome!