Have you ever wondered why God operates the way that He does? I have. This story in John 9 is no exception. Jesus was traveling and came across a man that had been blind from the day he was born. When Jesus stopped to help this story get’s a little strange.
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
I assume you know that spitting on a blind man is not going to be well received. Neither is rubbing mud in his eyes. If they had the technology we do now that scene would have been on Instagram and become a trending topic on Twitter within a matter of moments.
Why did Jesus do that? He could have healed Him with a single word. There was no magic in the mud.
Here’s what I think may have been happening for the people in the audience that day as well as the man with mud in his eyes. I think that the irritation from the mud encouraged him to obey the next command.
7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”. So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
I wonder if the irritation served as inspiration to obey the command of Jesus. I think it did. When I experience the irritation of conviction I can choose to run around with “mud in my eyes” or obey the commands of God so that I can “come home seeing”. The breakthrough comes after we embrace the irritation.