“As [Jesus) went along, he saw a man blind from birth…he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing”.
I’m a big fan of dirt.
As a child I loved nothing more than to have a big pile of freshly dug earth to build racing tracks for my Matchbox Cars. Like many of my generation, I lost more than my fair share of cars somewhere in the backyard when cars were buried in freak landslides, extreme crashes and through a little bit of boyish carelessness. I still mourn the loss of my Nigel Mansell replica F1 car – if anyone finds it, please let me know!
In a recent survey, it was seen that the second most popular thing that 10 year olds like doing is making mud pies. Who knew? I would have thought that it would have been surpassed by a game or device of some sort. It is nice to know that kids still like dirt.
In our Bible verse this week we see Jesus taking humble dirt and healing a man, in doing so, completely changing his life. Jesus gave this bloke some dirt and suddenly he had his life back. Often we think that we need to have a lot of material possessions before we can help others. “If only I had a spare room, I could give a home to someone who needs it”, “If only I earnt more money, I could give money to the poor and needy”, “If only a had a better job, I could give my children better things”.
Jesus shows us that the most important gifts in this world often don’t cost a thing. Playing in the dirt and enjoying God’s creation costs us nothing, neither does offering an encouraging word or hug to someone going through a rough time.
May God bless us this week as we seek to be open to helping others in seemingly small and low-cost ways.