And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. (Mark 10.46 ESV)
You are blind Bartimaeus. You are sitting by the road of life, a beggar, a victim of circumstances, until you recognize that Someone is near to lift you up.
Get sidetracked by Bartimaeus’ physical blindness and you could miss the whole point of this amazing story. Humans tend to do that, looking at the outward appearance and miss the inward activity, the spiritual miracle that God is performing in the heart.
God worked on the heart of this man and displayed His love and power to us as an example. This may be one of the most important true-life stories in the Bible.
Bartimaeus’ eyes were without light, darkened. He was a beggar, sitting by the roadside. The joys of life, great and small, were passing him by. People were moving, ever-onward toward their destination, but poor, blind, beggarly Bartimaeus sat on the sidelines – his very life was passing him by and his only hope: that a crumb would be tossed his way … now and then.
You are on a highway, today, a travelled way, making decisions that lead you toward your destination. You are there passively, as a beggar and victim, or you are a person seeking to fulfill the calling and vision of God for your life. It is your choice. It’s always your choice.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47-48 ESV)
Call out to Jesus! He is your only hope. He is your only answer to life’s questions. You can try to cast blame on others for your supposed predicaments; you can try to make excuses; you can wallow in self-pity; or you can seek the One, the only One, who can give you life and joy now!