immediately he regained his sight… The blind man in this story may have lost his sight but his hearing was perfect. He was not about to let the one person, no doubt the only person who could heal him, pass by without attempting to draw his attention. Others may have felt it a futile attempt, but finding himself sitting by the roadside, the perhaps the once sighted man had nothing to lose and everything to gain. For his effort he was given the thing he wanted the most – vision. Thank you gracious God, for our value is not determined by our shortcomings or other peoples’ prejudgments. Every cry extended towards you does not go unheard and you will not leave us unattended by the roadside.
“What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man (Bartimaeus) said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52 We don’t know exactly when it was that Bartimaeus lost his sight. We do know that Christ was willing to return his sight back to him. Everyone at one time or another “loses their way.” Though the struggle in our own timing seems long, in the same way that Christ heard the heart of faith in Bartimaeus, God hears us. Yet, “seeing” doesn’t necessarily mean that the wilderness of doubt, fear, frustration etc., won’t continue to get in our way. However, now that we “see” we know that the way through it is to follow our faith in Christ along the way.
“…teacher let me see again.” Mark 10:46-52 The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks of a time when he and two others were sentenced to 40 – 90 days in jail while protesting in Puerto Rico. Although his fellow protestors served the shorter time, he alone was held for the full 90 days. Alone with his thoughts he was forced to deal with himself. It was the beginning of a changed Al Sharpton in how he approached the causes, which for him – was out of his passion for justice. He began to understand that perhaps while his methods may have gotten attention he didn’t always get his desired result. He admits to a growth and maturity partly out of that experience which led him to change his attitude as a public figure. Sometimes we must have “sight” taken away from us before we can fully understand what it means to “see.” Now that we have gotten through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and a few other national holidays, no doubt we all could use sometime away from the busyness of our lives. As we approach the season of Lent, perhaps we too can begin to ask ourselves if our approach to our way of “seeing” is giving us our desired result in life. The season gives us 40 days but in reality, the growth and maturity of the formation of our souls is a lifelong exercise. Does what we “see” today, keep us from seeing God who sees what we can not see? Going forward, are we ready to sacrifice our own vision in order that we may be reconciled to God’s vision for our lives?
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“Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:46-52 Knowing Jesus was near, Bartimaeus cried out. He just wanted to see again. One would think that the crowds would be more sympathetic but instead they tried to shut him up! Bartimaeus however, had nothing to lose, so he cried louder and Jesus responded to his cry. Whatever our situation, ignore the naysayers. We’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Know that Jesus is near and continue to praise God and if you have to praise God louder.