What Do You See in the Clay?

Questions. Sometimes questions can boggle the mind like those autosterograms, you know the pictures you have to stare at for awhile, relaxing your eyes, and soon (hopefully) the imbedded image appears. I have recently been given such a question. I now sit and stare.  (can you see the hidden picture to the right?)

In all transparency I share: I am in a season of re-creation. Through life’s circumstances I am now a single parent, whom, after 18 years has re-entered the work force outside of the home. My mornings soon turn to afternoon, and before I know it, evening has replaced the moments before. Identity, mothering, relationship status, ministry, ALL have changed. Life is BUSY, life is tiresome, life can be disappointing. Anyone relating at any level?

One element stays the same. My God. He is where I go for recharging, refreshing… SANITY! With that said, recently in my devotional time, I sensed God asking me “What do you see in the clay?”  Well, now isn’t THAT spiritually revolutionary! The lights are now on, and I can move forward in great confidence and victory!  NOT!  Yes, said in a smug tone, (sorry Lord) “What do you see in the clay?” What kind of direction is that? It is at this moment I am tempted to quote Jesus, “Eli Eli lama sabachthani”, “My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?” (just kidding)

To the clay, I go. I open my Bible to the New Testament. John chapter 9, Jesus sees a blind man. The disciples, in their ‘learning’ mode, ask Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus’ response is a VERY foundational verse in the Kingdom in my opinion. “Neither this man, nor his parents, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life…” Sigh. Life, ‘stuff’ happens to good people, HOWEVER, what an awesome opportunity for God to display grace, healing, love, and mercy. Jesus proceeds to heal the man, “He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay…” (v. 6) He then tells the man to go and wash, later the man testifies of Jesus healing him.

What do you see in the clay?” I notice that this story begins with Jesus seeing the man, (John 9:1) of course the blind man could not see Him. I see Jesus coming, coming to a situation that is waiting … for HIM. In the clay is Jesus’ DNA (wouldn’t that make for a great rap song!) He offers a part of Himself, (it’s in the spit folks! Post THAT on Facebook) He didn’t even ask the blind man, He just applied the clay. But the story doesn’t stop there, the soon to be former blind man, had to act in obedience, go and wash, That he did. Yet, this healing is NOT just for the man, it is for those around him as well. Following the clay, the washing, the healing, others were captured by Jesus. What a testimony.

Thank you Lord for the question, “What do you see in the clay?” YES, spiritually revolutionary… I see that YOU see me, even when I am blinded by pain and disappointment. I see Your clay of healing pressed against my eyes. I see you anointing me. I will participate in the healing process, I go and wash. This healing clay is NOT for me alone, this is an opportunity for others to see You move in and through my life. I believe there is MORE. I believe that the clay is just the beginning.

Perhaps Jesus would ask YOU, what do you see in the clay? Do you too, need to see beyond the pain, or disappointment. Are you willing to participate in the healing process? Will you allow others to see God moving in and through you?  Our need for the clay is opportunity for God to display grace, healing, love, and mercy.

I share a song by Don Moen, lovely, encouraging, challenging, God honoring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SvPA1dj0GI    (click on link)

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds” ~ Heb. 10:24)


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