I confess, occasionally there are days when I just get tired of trying to stay in the Spring of Life and let God take me where He wants. Days that I just wish I could take off and swim my own direction. But inevitably I can only fight the current so long and I end up going where the Spring of Life wanted to take me anyway. So as I was struggling yesterday to really walk in the Spirit instead of getting upset that He was interrupting my plans, God reminded me that sometimes the Spring of Life gets muddy. But when it does, I don’t have to fight it. I can rejoice in the extra work God is doing on behalf of my own spiritual journey as well as those around me.
“After He (Jesus) said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing.” John 9:6-7
You see in the midst of truly trying to not give in to my selfishness yesterday, the Holy Spirit led me to these verses. He impressed upon my heart two things. First, Jesus, the Spring of Life Himself, got muddy. Not only did He get muddy, but He also MADE the mud. There will be occasions when we have to get muddy along the way. Sometimes that will even entail rearranging our plans or course of action we initially set out to complete. But when we do and we go with the current the Spring of Life takes us on, then we will find that God uses us to help someone else experience the cleansing that only comes from the Spring of Life.
This is the second thing, God showed me. The man could not see. Jesus put mud on His eyes and told Him to go and wash. Jesus could not go and wash it off for the blind man. He had to do it himself. But when the blind man obeyed what Jesus told him to do, he came back seeing. When we walk in obedience to the Spirit and get muddy with those around us, God is glorified and more people are able to experience the cleansing and healing that comes from being washed in the pool. In addition, when we find ourselves in the position of the blind man, we have to be willing to go and wash even when we can’t see the outcome right away. If we are obedient to walk with mud on our eyes, then we will discover that in the end we are able to come back seeing.