Our lives are comprised of one routine after another. Take for instance waking, eating, getting dressed and going to bed. These are routines we repeat on a daily basis. Routine brings comfort. We know what to expect and we can anticipate our response.
But what happens when our routine is challenged? When it changes? How do we react?
There was a man in the Bible who couldn’t see what was ahead of him. It wasn’t just his mental knowledge that kept him from seeing, but his physical eyes as well. He literally couldn’t see. He was blind.
Mark 10:46-52 (NIV) tells the story well.
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
If you’ve ever experienced a moment when all you could say is, “What next, God?” then possibly you can identify with the feeling of blindness.
As humans, we will never be able to fully know the future. We can make our plans, but that is all they are – plans. Navigating the future can be scary when you are doing it alone. Navigating the future with God can be reassuring, because He who formed you is faithful and he has good plans for our lives.
Like Bartimaeus we must rise to each occasion, throw off our cloak – those things hindering us, and run full speed into Jesus. With faith, we receive sight.
I often wonder how blind Bartimaeus knew where to run when he came to Jesus. He was blind and it wasn’t until after he came to Jesus that he received his sight. But then God reminds me, Bartimaeus came by faith through his darkness, met the giver of light, and walked away healed.
Whatever your situation is today whether you are going about your normal routine or you’re looking to the future and feeling blind, would you join me in praying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Walk in faith today, my friends, and have a blessed and beautiful weekend!