Day 311

If someone were to take you aside, put their fingers in your ears and then spit on those same fingers and put them on your tongue, you would be mortified, right?  I would be… unless of course that person was Jesus.

Mark 7:32-35 …A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.  Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue.  Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said,“Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Jesus healed people with all kinds of different methods, but this one has got to be the strangest.  Why didn’t Jesus just say, “Be opened!” and skip the whole wet-willy type of thing?

“Jesus did something completely new to catch this man’s attention, because He could not catch his attention with words.”  (Guzik)  “Through touch and the use of spittle Jesus entered into the mental world of the man and gained his confidence.” (Lane)

Wow!  I had to say that out loud to myself when I read those answers, because I was seriously wowed.

Jesus wasn’t trying to impress anyone, notice He took the man off by himself to heal him.  All He wanted was for this man to receive his healing and He knew exactly how to get him to receive it.  He needed to get the man’s expectation level up and because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God, and this man could not hear, He would have to build his faith by doing something different.  His odd method worked.

When the crowd realized what happened, perhaps by the words spoken from the mouth of the man who couldn’t talk just moments earlier, they said, ““Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

EVERYTHING he does is wonderful!  Even when He puts his finger in someone’s ear, spits on it and then puts it on that someone’s tongue… it’s wonderful!

It’s easy to box God in and think since He did something a certain way in the past, He has to do it that way again, but God’s creative.  He doesn’t just do the same things over and over again.  He gets the same results over and over again, but His methods change.

Our two children are similar in some ways, but they are very different in some ways, so we have to parent them differently.  The goal is always the same, but the way in which we obtain the goal is different.  They are unique and need to be parented uniquely.

We are unique.  Every situation we face is unique.  For instance, you may know someone who believed God to get out of debt and He answered their prayer, so now you want to get out of debt and you want it to happen for you just like it happened for them.  If you trust God and follow His plan it will happen for you too, but you probably won’t have the exact same testimony as they have when it’s all said and done, because God doesn’t always work in the exact same ways.

Let the God who made you so very unique work in your life in unique ways!  Everything He does is wonderful!

  1. God is creative!
  2. Everything He does is wonderful!
  3. The amazing way Jesus got into that deaf man’s world.  Really blessed me reading that today.
  4. After the kids woke up I put them in bed with me, put on a show, and went back to sleep for a while.  Needed those extra minutes!
  5. Beau is turning into quite a ham when the camera comes out… reminds me of video’s I’ve seen of me when I was her age.
  6. Great afternoon at the neighborhood pool.
  7. Gus was floaty free the whole time.
  8. Gus’ swimming lessons from last year were all coming back to him today.  He was doing great and I was happy to see he remembered what he learned.
  9. Beau is a little mermaid.  She loves to swim and sing while she does it.
  10. The water was not too cold today… perfect!
  11. Got Gus some new goggles which opened up so many more possibilities for him… he loved diving for fish at the bottom of the pool.
  12. The pool is a super short walk for us.
  13. Gus is always super quick to defend Beau if someone takes her toy or splashes her.
  14. My water is not contaminated!  Praying Broken Arrow’s water issue will be quickly resolved.
  15. Josh let me know he’s been eating very healthy at camp and working out extra hard… can’t wait to see him!  3 more sleeps!
  16. No make up day.
  17. Very light cooking week… so very light dishes week… and very light cleaning up the kitchen week.
  18. In N Out for dinner!
  19. Discovered they make grilled cheese for the kids at In N Out.  Gus & Beau loved theirs.
  20. Those awesome little sticker sheets they give the kids to play with until the food is ready.
  21. Air conditioning.
  22. I have Josh’s car this week.  I love driving a smaller car!
  23. Lorri Antioch is celebrating her birthday today.  Sweet, sweet lady at church and faithful volunteer in Amazing Kids.
  24. Miss Allie is home from the hospital after being there for 77 days!
  25. Puppy browsing at Petland.  Puppies are one of God’s cutest creations for sure.
  26. Quiet night to myself to catch up on some stuff for work.
  27. Got an extra blog written!

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