“After saying this, Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:6). Now there’s something you don’t expect to read in the Bible: Jesus spitting. A prayer would’ve seemed appropriate, perhaps a “hallelujah!” But who expected a heavenly spit into the dirt? The God who sent manna and fire dispatched a blob of saliva. And as calmly as a painter spackles a hole in the wall, Jesus streaked miracle mud on the man’s eyes.
Sometimes God uses the less-than-pleasant. He initiates the miracle through “mud moments”: layoffs, letdowns, and bouts of loneliness. Can you relate? If so, do not assume that Jesus is absent or oblivious to your struggle. Just the opposite. He is using it to reveal Himself to you. He wants you to see Him. Remember friend, you are never alone. -
Max Lucado Upwords Devotional 10/28/20
The Monday Night Ladies Bible study just finished a series on the book of Philippians. Paul was in the mud (prison), literally chained, and wrote a word of encouragement to his friends and fellow believers. This past year feels like we’ve been in the mud. I have no doubts that it will be Miracle Mud, but sometimes the muddiness can smother my joy. Philippians helps me keep my perspective while mired in the muck:
God will never walk away from me: “being confident of this, that he who began a good wok in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
It’s not about me: "not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:4
Our attitude matters and impacts our witness: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
I can have peace despite my circumstances: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
God meets our needs, not our greeds: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Are you able to see any miracles among the mud of this past year?
What can you focus on to get you through the next day, week, month, season?
Are you leaning on the One who gives us strength as we need it?