Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34 Tomorrow will certainly come, whether in the flesh or in the spirit one does not know. So – look around. Maybe what we “see” does not impress us and yet we see it. Is the gift of “sight” not enough? Or – perhaps we would rather be “blind.” We know God and yet take so much for granted. He has given us more to offer than we know, and forget we really only have today to offer it. So for today, let us do what we can and do what we must, but first seek God’s wisdom, open our heart and open our mind in order that we be ready to receive what the gift of today has to offer us.
“Lord, let me see again.” Luke 18:31-43 This request by a blind man on the side of the road apparently indicates that at one time he had sight. These days being physically blind doesn’t necessarily lead to begging alone on the side of the road. Yet to lose sight of the spirit can leave you feeling like a first century blind beggar. We walk around wondering which way to go. In those times we must strive to hear the voice of our Lord so that even though we have yet to “see” at least we know that we are moving in the right direction. Ignore the voices of anyone who would rather you remain “blind”. Ignore the voices of anyone who knowingly or unknowingly want to keep you from moving forward. Ignore the voices of anyone who would prefer you keep quiet and give God that faith filled shout out. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Look at what is before your eyes. If you are confident that you belong to Christ, remind yourself of this… (2 Corinthians 10:1-18). Because Christ longs to hear our cry he will hear us, and call us to himself. We must hold to who we are in Christ and our “sight” will be regained. Then, we will see clearly once again.
My vows to you I must perform, O God;
I will render thank-offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Mark 10:46-52 Ever notice how everything in Marks Gospel seems to happen immediately? Bartimaeus wanted to see again and immediately, because of his faith regained his sight. It seems clear that Bartimaeus wasn’t always blind. At some earlier point in his life he had vision and for reasons unknown to us he lost his sight. Who among us has not experienced a period of “blindness,” an inability to see the things right in front of our veiled eyes. It can be scary, confusing and frustrating. Life certainly can be like that sometimes. The good news is that we can do exactly what Bartimaeus did, and in faith call Jesus out to help us “see” again. For God would much rather we follow him with our eyes wide open than eyes wide closed.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.