You know what it’s like when you want something, but you’re not sure what it is. Something to just fill the gap. Like being a child in a sweet shop, so much choice, and not being able to decide…
Sometimes though, being specific is important.
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
46 Jesus and his disciples went to Jericho. And as they were leaving, they were followed by a large crowd. A blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting beside the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” 48 Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have pity on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him over!”
They called out to the blind man and said, “Don’t be afraid! Come on! He is calling for you.” 50 The man threw off his coat as he jumped up and ran to Jesus.
51 Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man answered, “Master, I want to see!”
52 Jesus told him, “You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith.”
Right away the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.
I love this story, it’s full of colour and action. Bartimaeus hears Jesus pass by, and starts shouting to him. People tell him to stop, but that doesn’t stop him and he cries out all the louder. Jesus calls to him, and he jumps up, throws off his cloak and runs to Jesus. He knew what he needed – and he knew Jesus could help. And all done with such enthusiasm. I think I might have got fed up waiting by then, or been a bit slower to respond when Jesus did call me over.
Do we know what we need from God? Are we prepared to cry out him in our need? Will we carry on asking, even when others tell us to shut up? Do we jump up and run when Jesus calls? Do we allow him to touch us in our darkness?
I need you,
and what you have to give me.
Help me to acknowledge that,
to keep calling,
to respond to you,
and receive your blessing to me