2. The agent of change was messy. The story of the person born blind causes me to take pause – not because of the miracle but because of how the change happens. It happens with mud. Ooozy, gooey, sticky, messy mud. What is the mud is in our lives? What messy thing, dirty thing, gross thing might bring healing to us?
Mud. It’s dirty. Germy. Full of yuck. And yet, it is a key element in this healing story. The person born blind can see by the end of the story. That’s pretty amazing, especially considering that Jesus spread mud on the eyes of the person born blind and that person was then able to see. It wasn’t healing, sparkling water or a potent medicinal charm that was used to heal the person; it was mud. I wonder what messy things in our lives might actually heal us?
Is there any chance that this messy, out-of-control, invisible yet dirty COVID-19 virus might bring us healing? I’m not saying that there won’t be pain, suffering, and damage as a result of this experience. Those are already happening at an alarming rate, and they are real consequences of this global pandemic. However, COVID-19 is here, and it’s not disappearing quickly. It’s dirty and gross and causing all of our lives to change. What if we acknowledged it’s muddiness and then rested with the idea that some parts of our lives might be healed as a result?
I mean, some of us are being forced to slow down. This is healing. We are returning to hobbies that our souls have craved but which we haven’t offered enough time to when we aren’t forced to stay home. This is healing. We’re nurturing relationships with those closest to us – sometimes in very new ways. This is healing. We are seeing that most of us have more than what we need. This is healing. We are seeing those who truly don’t have enough even for basic survival. This is healing.