46 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. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
This is what I see. I notice that Jesus listens, stops, and heals. He really cares and listens to my cries, prayers, worries, needs. He loves me so much that He stops – right there, right now. All of His attention is on me. He heals my blindness.
This is what I am going to do about it. I am going to ask Jesus to heal my blindness. In my case my blindnesses are pride, stubbornness, lack of forgiving, self-centered attitude (I only see me, my life, my stuff, my hurt), and my anger. I want to see Jesus. I know He hears me. I need someone to listen. I know He has stopped. If He stops to listen, I need to stop to be with Him. Stopping and being with Jesus is okay and in fact ‘very good”. He is not too busy for me, or unconcerned, or distant. Now I am going to follow Him as He heals my blindnesses – my stuff. I know this will be hard. He is listening, He has stopped just for me and He is God. He and He only can make that huge change in me that I need.
Pat Noonan, Pastor
El Puente – Concord