Bartimaeus chose a different path one day.

Jesus and His disciples walked from Jericho to Jerusalem for Jesus’ final time. One by one, a large crowd formed and followed Jesus. Can you feel the crowd’s expectation as they followed Him?

“Who will Jesus heal next? What miracle will we see today? Will He feed us all?” The noise crescendos.

“What’s going on?” asked Bartimaeus, the blind beggar sitting by the road. 

Bartimaeus made choices that day. He chose to sit by the road and beg for a few coins to buy food as he may have done the day before. He may have felt isolated and alone as he faced each day in darkness. He may have wondered why he had been dealt such a hard life. He may have longed to see the light, to make a good living, to enter the temple.

“It’s Jesus, the Nazarene.”

The Teacher who had turned the region upside down with His teachings, His miracles, and His healings was on the road just a few feet from Bartimaeus. Could this be the day that Bartimaeus might receive his sight?

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Shhhh!  Be quiet.”

Another choice, perhaps a risk. The crowd sternly told Bartimaeus to be quiet. These were the same people who tossed him coins. If he did what they told him, they might continue to toss him coins. But if he cried even louder …

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped, “Call him here.”

So the people called him to Jesus, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”

Bartimaeus threw his cloak off, jumped up, and went to Jesus. Hope filled his heart.

“What do you want Me to do for you?”

“Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!”

“Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately, Bartimaeus received his sight and began following Jesus. No way was Bartimaeus “going;” this Teacher had restored his sight. Can you imagine his joy?

Earlier in Mark 10, we  learn that Jesus and His disciples were on the way to Jerusalem where He would be mocked, spit on, scourged, killed, and then rise three days later. With His eyes set on His crucifixion, Jesus and His disciples leave Jericho with a large crowd following Him.

Jesus also had choices that day. He walked ahead of the crowd and was focused on what lay ahead in Jerusalem. Have you ever been preoccupied about a difficult task you needed to accomplish? No time for distractions.

Here was a blind beggar who wanted his sight. Jesus was on His way to redeem the world. He was focused on the big picture. Yet, He stopped and focused on this single man who had no sight, no hope and asked him what he wanted Jesus to do for him. Jesus granted Bartimaeus the desire of his heart because he asked. Imagine having your sight restored and the first sight you see is the face of God!

What miracle do you want Jesus to do for you? He’s waiting for you to ask Him.

My prayer for you:

Father, bless this dear reader with the courage to ask You to fill needs, to bless abundantly, and to heal all hurts, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. You are a God who stops for a person in need. Thank You for Your compassion. Give us the courage and the faith to ask You, and we’ll follow You closely and give You all the glory.

Please let us know what Jesus has done for you.

9 thoughts on “What miracle do you want Jesus to do for you?

  1. I urgently need a new job where I will use my qualifications:
    -Diploma in Office Administration,
    -Certificate in fundamentals of Microsoft Xp
    -Certificate of attendance in Internet and email
    -10years experience in computers
    -Touch-typing skills

    i also need God to send forth my husband that He confirmed to my child who trusted God praying for a father,brother and sister for 7full years.

    1. Father, you know Maphindi’s heart and needs. Bless her with Your favor and wisdom as she seeks a new job. Send her to the right position and give her favor. Father, waiting is difficult, but we wait in expectation that You will bless Maphindi’s family abundantly and complete the family as You have planned since the foundation of the world. We thank You for what you are doing in Maphindi’s life and in her child’s life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

    1. Oh my! The Lord does bless His people with what they need when they need it most. I wrote the post after the story of Bartimaeus captured my thoughts for days and days, prayers and prayers. It was for you, dear reader. Although I don’t know you, Jesus knows you and loves you. What miracle do you want Jesus to do for you? Ask Him. He’ll stop everything and listen to you. Please let me know what miracle you need. I’ll be praying. Karen

  2. What an encouraging and uplifting word! I receive it! Thank you for putting the story of Bartimaeus in perspective, that God stops and focuses on us as single individuals to touch our life and fulfill one’s dreams. And I love how you point out that the first thing that blind Bartimaeus sees is the face of God!

    1. As I reflect upon the stories in the Bible and try to get in the minds of those in the story, the Holy Spirit captures me with the intensity of how it happened. Thank you for your very kind words. I love your writing. May the Lord richly bless you and increase your borders and spheres of influence. Blessings. Karen

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