Sunday Inspiration: Mud-Covered Ugly

Mud-Covered Ugly

by Celita Perillo

You know in the cartoons when a moderately-sized, overly-bold character with a side of stupidity wrongs a bigger, stronger character? The bigger, stronger character gets ahold of the weaker character, grabs him by his ankles and proceeds to pound him from side to side against the ground? Daffy Duck comes to mind, and, I think, every so often it has occurred to Tom the cat from Tom and Jerry.

Why is this important? Because that is how today felt for me. Stress has been high for a few months. It’s less now that school is out, but… school is out. That means getting to know each other again; each others’ needs, struggles, weaknesses, strengths, and all. It means finding a rhythm to days, and activities to keep tweens and teens busy.

It also means just feeling so tired. Things had felt like riding a bucking bull before, but now we are feeling like we’re being dragged by a raging bull, and hitting every bump, rock, and obstacle along the rampaging way.

My usual go-to helps for lifting my spirit, or refocusing, are NOT working, and I am feeling myself sliding into a bit of melancholy. Feeling unheard, desperate, and… dare I say it? A little unloved. I feel mud-covered ugly with all kinds of stinging scratches and bruises to remind me that the road has been rough.

And then I backtrack… Mud. There is a story about mud.

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay (Some versions say MUD) with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay (or mud). And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

There were a few things I noticed about this passage that made me feel like it needed to be shared. For me, too.

So… The man was blind from birth. The question comes up if it is due to some sin he or his parents committed, and Jesus says, he was born that way for a PURPOSE, “that the works of God should be revealed in him.”

After some other points Jesus wanted to make, Jesus annointed the eyes of the blind man with his spit and dirt. I will not pretend to understand why Jesus chose those two elements to heal the man, but, I tend to think it has to do with something MORE than just spit and dirt.

After applying this mixture to the blind man’s eyes, Jesus sends him on a mission! And this, I believe, is where the miracle stems…

“So he went and washed, and came back seeing.”

In SO many miracle-stories in the Bible there is a phrase used that I believe, while not said here, is understood. “Your faith has made you well.” It was said, for example, to the woman with the issue of blood, remember?

Listen! Life is hard. But we are here for a PURPOSE. It is reitterated in Jeremiah 29:11.

The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so we can rest assured that Jesus has a plan to reveal Himself in a mighty way in our hearts and lives as we continue to seek His face, draw near, obey, believe, and surrender.

Just don’t give up because you can’t see what you have been asking for yet. Don’t give up because you are weary or downhearted. Don’t give up because you are feeling alone.

God has a plan. When we trust and believe in Him, He breaks out in these awesome miracle moments. He loves to touch lives, to bless, and to encourage the seeking soul.

Jesus, some of us may be feeling a bit like we are just not seeing clearly. We know You have a plan, but some of us are so tired. Please show us Your glory soon! Please rescue us soon. Please help us soon. And, as we wait for Your next move, give us Your grace, strength, hope, and joy so we can finish this race well. We need You. Help us to heed Your voice. Help us to be faith-bloomers who just KNOW that You are never late, always faithful, and always able. Thank you, Lord. Amen.


About the Author

Celita Perillo is a 40-something wife and mother of five living in Southern Italy.

Her goals are to never stop learning, draw ever nearer to Jesus, and be intentional in counting blessings; encouraging, edifying, and sharing God’s love to others.

A smile and kind word go a long way. While she has many verses that mean a lot to her, she considers Colossians 3: 17, 23 her life verses.

You can read Celita’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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