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Sunday, July 1, 2007

More Than Meets The Eye

Yesterday I was mopping my kitchen, wondering what I would write for today. The topics were swirling around in my head, like the bubbles in the mop bucket. Some ideas would come to the top, shine for a moment, then become replaced by new ones. Swishing and slopping. Thinking and mopping.

Then it came to me. And it started with the reason I was mopping in the first place.

You see, I had needed to mop all week. No, make that for a couple of weeks. We've been busy, in and out with summer activities and a weekend trip to the lake, so the last thing on my mind was mopping the floor. Since our schedule has been packed away with our school books, the chore list on the back of the laundry room door has been all but forgotten, so whichever child had "mop the kitchen" on their list for the week had gotten a break. As I was lingering over my coffee enjoying a rainy Saturday morning chatting with my husband, I noticed the floor. But, I wasn't motivated to mop. Morning turned into afternoon and I was buzzing around the house doing other Saturday chores, but still not mopping. Not yet. Not motivated yet.

Amid flitting from task to task, I was in the kitchen putting away some groceries, and it happened. A jar of pizza sauce went crashing to the floor. It was officially The Great Pizza Sauce-splosion of 2007. (We name the events at our house. There was The Milk-splosion of '04, The Cheeto-splosion of '05, The Egg-splosion of '06, and now, well, we have '07 covered. In pizza sauce, apparently.) Suddenly I was motivated to mop.

As I was mopping, I was thinking about the blind man whom Jesus healed in John 9. There are so many things to learn from this story, but one thing that has always stuck with me is- Jesus gave a command and a big motivation to obey it.

John 9:6-7 tells us that "... 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'... So the man went and washed, and came home seeing."

Have you ever had a grain of sand in your eye? For that moment, whatever you are doing is put on hold, you close your eye and run to the nearest sink or mirror because your new goal in life is- Get. This. Out. Of. My. Eye. And that's just one grain! Can you imagine not just one eye, but both eyes, being covered in dirt and someone else's spit? I can imagine that the man was quite motivated to do as Christ commanded Him! Oh, go wash? Okay! Of course, Jesus could've healed his blindness with a simple touch, as He did for the man in Mark 8:25, or as in Bartimaeus' case, with a word (Mark 10:52.) Who knows why He did it as He did in this instance, perhaps to show that the power lay with Him, not with spit or sand (common items) but one thing I glean from it is... He used an irritant.

Are there some irritants in your life that perhaps God could be using to motivate obedience or facilitate spiritual healing in a certain area? Perhaps He may be using someone you're around everyday to help you learn patience. Physical symptoms related to anxiety could point to a need to trust Him more in certain areas (as I've been learning personally). Sometimes He uses an untenable job situation to force a much-needed job change. Financial difficulties can point to a need to change spending habits or simplify.

If He's allowing (or applying) certain irritants, we can be assured that it's accompanied by His loving, healing touch. And like the believing blind man, upon yielding to His plan we can come out of the situation seeing things with new eyes.

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Blogger Denise said...

What a great post, thank you.

July 1, 2007 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I enjoyed this one Cyndi. I am always wishing I could learn the things the Lord wants to teach me the easy way. seems it takes a bit of irritation now and then to get me moving.

July 1, 2007 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

what an amazing God who loves us too much to leave us unsanctified...i think of those irritants as dross..Once it has floated to the top is gently skimmed off until the next time the heat is turned up...

How I pray to be a shiny girl that reflects His face! :)

I can see His face in you..and I'll bet you can see His face in those floors too..:))

much love,


July 1, 2007 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Angel Mama ( Pearls of Wisdom) said...

Great post Cyndi!

In his endless love,

Angel ( Angel Mama )

July 2, 2007 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Great post, Cyndi. Maybe I need to take a second look at my little irritants! :v)

Love the way you name the explosions at your house!

July 5, 2007 at 8:52 PM  

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