Jesus said, “Go, your faith has made you well.” (Mark 10:52a)
Bartimaeus, on the side of the road, cannot see, and desperately wants to regain his sight. When he hears Jesus is nearby he cries out for help, and is told by the crowd to be quiet. He cries all the louder, and Jesus calls for him. Now the crowd who shushed him tells him to hurry up. It is an interesting view of human behavior, that often we will switch our allegiance or loyalty to try to satisfy others. Jesus, however, does nothing but show compassion, and tells Bartimaeus that his faith has made him well. Bartimaeus, as an act of thanksgiving, follows Jesus.
When have you cried out for help, only to have others put you down? Recall what that felt like. Then focus on the presence of Jesus Christ in your life, and how Christ seeks to reach beyond the crowds.
(Seasons of the Spirit™ Wood Lake Publishing)