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Lessons from a Blind Man, or Was He?

Friday, April 19, 2013

My youngest son Josh and I just finished doing some dishes. Between scrubbing and putting them away, we got to talking about the blind man who just had to get Jesus’s attention. Well, here’s the story:

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! ”Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:46-52

I said Josh, can you see him now; he knew Jesus was right there. I bet he had been anticipating his arrival because people passing by him or talking near him must’ve mentioned what Jesus had been doing walking through the various areas he’d already been to. Then his chance finally came. Jesus is in earshot, and he knows it! He starts hollering because he knows if he can only get Jesus’s attention, he can be healed. There is not a doubt in his mind. How do I know? Lol, because when the crowd attempted to silence him, he screamed all the louder! He knew Jesus was continuing to move beyond him, others were hushing him, and the senses he could use, you best believe he was using them!

Then his miracle happened! Jesus called for him. Suddenly he was invited into the very presence of Jesus to make his request known. I can just see him now! Smiling from ear to ear, touching everyone on their shoulder’s as he made his way to Jesus. Standing right in front of him, Jesus says, well, what have you? He says, I’ll take my sight please! Then God heals him and says go. Josh and I shared a laugh imagining the scene. Interesting. Boy I’d love to expound on that, but this has just started stirring in my heart.

What I can share is that Bartimaeus did not go, instead he choose to follow Jesus. I believe all along that blind man planned to follow him. I think he already knew his allegiance would be with this one who set him free, and I too am so happy and so thankful for what God has done in my life. Unless you have ever been blind, how can you truly see? Oh, I dunno, but two things I’ve found this fella did extremely well. One, he made quite a point out of his need making his request fervently known to God, and two, he set a great example about following the one who had done such a marvelous work in his life! I think this guy might be growing on me. In fact, I think the next time things start competing with my time, and seek to destroy my peace or relationship with Christ, that I too will shout. I will holler, and holler, and holler until I hear Jesus say, Ok, my dear, what is it that I can do for you? ;)

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