Bartimaeus chose a different path one day.
“Who will Jesus heal next? What miracle will we see today? Will He feed us all?” The noise crescendos.
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.