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The Power of Mud

  • April 24, 2024

The Power of Mud

One of my favourite stories in the Bible is the one where Jesus spits in the dirt, mixes it up, and places the mud on the eyes of a blind man from birth. Jesus tells the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam and after he does, he receives sight for the first time. All the people in town could not believe it. In fact, they refused to believe it. The man himself didn’t quite understand it, “one thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see.” (John 9)

The man experienced a physical change from visual impairment to a kaleidoscope of colour. If only mud could be transformational for everyone.

For the last several years I’ve been afforded the opportunity to attend the Year 6 Camp at Emu Gully. The camp explores Aussie war stories and real life scenarios providing special insight into what it was like to fight for your country in campaigns of old. The camp is strategically placed close to Anzac Day so our students return with a greater appreciation of what that day is all about. Each year my favourite part of camp is tackling the mud course with my company of students. The course is connected to what life would’ve been like for an Aussie battler on the Kokoda Track during WWII. The camp leaders showcase hard realities that existed, introducing pupils to concepts like dysentery and trench foot. The mud course is something that all sixth graders traverse together within their companies.

Each student’s outlook before the course is different, some wait with great anticipation, others are anxious about the difficulty of the task and a few are disgusted that we would willingly wade neck deep in the muck. After the shared experience we all wash off via a giant water slide and a swim in the refreshing dam. For most students, this group adventure is a triumph of perseverance.

Within the last ten years, there have been studies by American Universities linking the potential health benefits of a Microbiome found in mud (Mycobacterium vaccae). Within their study, the introduction to the bacterium increased serotonin levels in the prefrontal cortex, which modulates anxiety. Could submerging oneself in mud could be helpful for people dealing with high levels of stress, anxiety, or even PTSD.

Jesus seemed to use the dirt to his advantage. Maybe we all need to just go outside.

Many students at the conclusion of this year will transition to the next phase of life: Primary School to Middle, Middle to Senior School or Senior School to University or a vocation. The mud (the unknown) is awaiting them and the task may look impossible but they can overcome. What pleasant surprises could they find along the way?

Sydney Moore, College Lead Pastor

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