“Son of David, have mercy on me!” That was blind Bartimaeus’ call that day as Jesus was passing by. We do not know if he was in his usual spot to beg or if Bartimaeus was there on purpose. If so, we can assume he needed help getting there. We can also assume that Bartimaeus knew that Jesus could heal him. But first he must gain an audience with Jesus so he calls out as he senses Jesus drawing near. When he is rebuked and told to be quiet, Bartimaeus shouts all the more.
At times we are in Bartimaeus’ position. Maybe we are not physically blind but we maybe have a physical need or maybe we need a relationship healed or maybe we need a situation fixed. Although Jesus is not physically present to us today, we often will cry out to Him. And we can do so at any time because Jesus is always present to us!
Bartimaeus was bold in his request. He made enough of a commotion to be heard and for Jesus to stop and call for him. Then he told Jesus his desire: to see again. Bartimaeus had enough faith in Jesus already to believe that He could restore his sight. He was persistent enough to get Jesus’ attention. Jesus probably knew all of this before He called for Bartimaeus. After being healed, Bartimaeus joined in and followed Jesus down the road. Jesus probably knew that this would happen too.
When we call out to Jesus, do we too expect that He will give us an audience? Do we truly believe that He can do what we are asking? Jesus will respond according to the will of the Father. He is faithful and true. He hears all of our prayers and callings. We simple need to continue to do what He calls us to do: come.
Scripture reference: Mark 10: 46-52