Mark – The Facts.
We lose something or someone valuable to us and we feel lost, blinded by the storms and trials of life. We are blinded by the problems or circumstances we are in. Those who believe cry out to God for help. Those who have faith never stop crying out to God and they wait on His precious timing to recover that which was lost.
Some go through the trials of life with a peaceful smile on their face. That smile hides pain but that smile also brings their faith to the surface. I admire people like that. Some of us go kicking and screaming through trials, trying to fight back, trying to figure out what went wrong, holding on while life slips through our fingers as we cry out to God. I confess, my behavior at times is the latter. My human instinct is to go silent, fume and/or fight for what seems right, but I still have faith that God will see us through. I am working on the “be still and know that I am God” way to behave in a crisis. I am working on smiling in rough seas. But I one thing I know and will not waver; God saves, restores and recovers all that is lost and brings peace and calm at just the right time. He has done it in my life. Every. Time.
Our next passage is about Bartimaeus who has lost his sight at some time in his life. He is now a beggar because he cannot hold down a job because of his blindness. This person is named as the son of Timaeus. His heritage must mean something to this gospel writer. Jesus healed hundreds of people but this one is named in God’s Word. Maybe the writer knew the family? “They spent some time in Jericho…” We don’t know. But I am impressed this morning by the word “recover”. Jesus recovered his sight. So Bart must have had sight but lost it in life. Jesus gave his sight back and restored his life that he once had. Bart is no longer a beggar. He is now a disciple, a follower of Jesus Christ.
“At that very instant he recovered his sight AND followed Jesus down the road.”
When God steps in and restores, recovering what we lost what is our response? Do we instantly follow Him? Or do we go back to the way life was before we were blind?
Mark 10, The Message
46-48 They spent some time in Jericho. As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”
49-50 Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.”
They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.
51 Jesus said, “What can I do for you?”
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.”
In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.
–“What can I do for you?” says Jesus. Our prayers for help to God must be specific. What do we really want God to do in our lives? When we are specific we more quickly realize and see His answer.
–Is our loving Lord asking that of us today? “What can I do for you, Susan?
–Sight is restored. His faith healed Bartimaeus. Bart did not return to his old life of begging. He followed Jesus as a recovered, restored man of God. Do we return to the old life after being recovered and restored? Eww. Go for the new life!
–“Rabbi, I want to see.” Rabbi means Teacher. I do not want to be blind any longer. I want to see. This is a great daily request to learn more about God and how He works in our lives and in the lives of others. I want to really see, no longer blinded by what the world wants me to see, but what God wants me to see.
–I really want to see! I want to follow Jesus with 20/20 vision.
–Let’s stop calling him “blind Bartimaeus”. He is “newly sighted Bartimaeus!” Celebrate recovery!
Dear Heavenly Father, Restore our sight. Many times we are blinded by our circumstances and situations that quickly get out of control. So, we give all our focus back to You for You were in control all the time. Give us wisdom, insight and understanding to really see You. Restore our sight so we can see others the way you see them…and love them. Thank you for putting the smile on my face. Thank you for restoring what was once lost in me. May Your glory be seen in and through me.
In Jesus Name, Amen