“Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!” John 9:6-7 NLT
Sometimes it seems like Jesus adds insult to injury. Just when you think a situation is about to get better it gets darker. It’s not that Jesus is trying to aggravate you, but he may be trying to agitate you.
Using an automatic washing machine is easier than beating your dirty laundry on a rock, but if you want to get your clothes clean, your machine has to somehow emulate the age-old motion of hand washing. Agitators and impellers are devices that top-loading washers use to move clothes during the wash cycles and, in the process, get rid of dirt and stains.
When a man who was born blind approaches Jesus to be healed, Jesus agitated him by spitting in the dirt to make mud that he puts on the blind man’s eyes.
- Agitation comes before restoration. Sometimes it’s necessary for agitators to come into your life to bring out the best in you. The blind man probably thought, “What is this man doing?! I asked for healing and he put mud on my eyes?” An agitator helps to bring stuff out of you that you could not get out of yourself!
- Humility comes before healing. Jesus tells the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Siloam means “sent.” Where is Jesus sending you after you’ve been agitated? You are probably in your feelings after being agitated but you still have to go in order to be healed. Do you have enough humility to go with mud in your eyes and wash away the agitation?
- Can you withstand further questioning after your vision is restored? The religious people weren’t satisfied with the results of the miracle. Instead of focusing on the blind man being healed they wanted to focus on the unconventional way that Jesus healed the man. You must learn how to embrace your new vision while dealing with people who can’t see what God just did in your life! Religious people will always have something to say about how you got your vision especially if it happened non-conventionally.
Right now some things in my life are as clear as mud. I don’t see how I can get past this but I’m going to be obedient and go where you send me. Don’t allow me to get discouraged when people question if I can really see or not. Help me to wash away the residue of my agitation and open my eyes to new possibilities!
In Jesus Name,