The Thrill of Hope: In the Dirt

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

GENESIS 2:7

After saying this, 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.

JOHN 9:6-7

Have you ever felt like you are just beaten up by life, lying in the dirt, tired, weary, and hurting? Sometimes it feels as though life has come through and beaten me so badly that I’m stuck there in the dirt. I know I’m not the only one that has felt this way. Can I give you freedom? It’s okay to lie there in the dirt for a moment. Allow God to wrap His peace around you there. God doesn’t expect us to get up on our own and push through life! In my own life, it has been when I have felt beaten up in the dirt that I can feel the Lord closest to me. I know that He is always there, ever present, but when I am beaten down, the pride is gone, and all the other things I use to comfort myself have gone away, too. The one thing that never changes and never leaves is the Father, the good Shepherd. When I am down in the dirt, I can see God clearer and I can feel Him closer because I left room for Him.

We serve a God who can do amazing things in the dirt, like breathing life into it and creating mankind! “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). All God needs to make something new is His breath and some dirt.

Jesus uses dirt to heal us, as seen in John chapter nine, verses 6-7: “After saying this, 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.” If Jesus can heal blindness with a little bit of mud, imagine what He can do with the dirt surrounding you.

Friend, I ask you to shift your perspective of dirt. Instead of looking at it as a place of brokenness, look at it as a new beginning: a place where restoration takes place. Maybe you are exactly where you need to be, so that our God can make something beautiful come to fruition in your life. Breathe Him in, relax in His presence, and focus on Him. As you draw near to the Father in the dirt, you will discover that He will take you to new heights with Him and through Him — not by your will or your power, but by His grace and strength. I challenge you to raise your hallelujah loud and proud even in the dirt!

THINGS TO CONSIDER

How are you drawing close to the Lord?

In what situations do you need to shift your perspective?

I challenge you to start each day with the Father for at least five minutes. I promise that it will transform your life!

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