Bartimaeus, stick a sock in it!

jesus_healing_blind.gifWhat do you want me to do for you? Jesus asked. (Mark 10:51)

Bartimaeus was the lucky guy to whom this question was addressed. He was blind, a beggar, and when he heard Jesus was passing by he began yelling, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”

The crowds tried to quiet him. If it was 2008, security would have tasered him. But he was desperate. No way was he going to let this opportunity slip by.

A blind man in that day was helpless, hopeless, destined to sit by the road and spend his pathetic life begging. Bartimaeus knew this might well be his only hope of rising above his circumstances. He kept yelling, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus turned and asked:

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Wow! I’m trying to imagine how that must have felt. Like Bill Gates handing you his ATM card and giving you the PIN number. What is it you need? Take my debit card. There’s enough in the account to cover it. Just take what you need!

What lesson can we take from Bartimaeus today? A couple of things. First, seize the opportunity when it presents itself. It may not come around again. Jesus may never have passed that way again. Bartimaeus knew it may be his one and only hope.

The other lesson? Persistence. Tenacity. Forget the detractors. Don’t listen to those who try to hold you back, hold you down.

If there is something you want, if you have a dream, a vision, go after it with your whole heart. Make no room for discouragement. Put away doubt. Cling to hope. Strengthen your faith. Then be ready to hear the words of Jesus:

“What do you want me to do for you?”

He’s still asking that question today of those who cry to him with their whole heart!

10 responses to “Bartimaeus, stick a sock in it!

  1. Del

    Thanks for blogging again. I will keep your neck and lower back pain in my prayer. I’ve been reading your blog since 2006. I get lots of encouragement in your blog during my final year in university. May the Lord bless you always and strengthen your faith in Him.


  2. I’m like you … what is it that I would like from the Lord as He’s passing by? That is going to take a bit of thought on my part. I’ll get back with you, but I must say, it is nice to think that whatever we want … that agrees with what He wants for our lives … we can have it if we just ask. 🙂


  3. Thank you for starting to blog again.

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today, thanks.

  4. What a beautiful, timeless commentary. Keep up the good work. Chaz

  5. Good words . . . great wisdom!
    Yet, sometimes God does do it in an instance. I would say that about healing. Sometimes He may have us go to the doctor, change our diet or stretch to build muscles and it may bring the healing we ask for. Other times He may heal right on the spot and open a blind person’s eyes.
    He is God and the best we can do is surrender our lives to whatever He wants and when He speaks, obey.



  6. Del,

    I am so sorry to hear about your accident! I always love reading your blog entries. They inspire me and teach me too! I hope you doing well on your road to recovery and I hope you continue to blog. You are a blessing.

  7. I too have been away from blogging for about a year. I used to read you often and am sorry to learn of your accident. God has blessed you with an incredible talent for putting words together that reach people in their everyday lives. Your sense of humor is evident and never fails to make me smile. Glad you are back at the keyboard and will pray for your complete recovery.

  8. Del I pray that everything is ok with you. I have missed your posting.

  9. Del, Please allow me to challenge you to get back to writing again. You have some great insight that needs to be shared.

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