[Mar 10:49 KJV] 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. We’ve all had a serious moment in our lives when you’re trying to share your heart with someone you look up to but, that person seems to be preoccupied. Maybe they’re trying their best but, they are not in your world at the moment. In frustration you say, “Could you just be still for a moment? I really need you to listen to me.”
Fortunately, when we call on Jesus, He is always there and attentive. But is there a way to really get His attention?
In Mark 10, there certainly seems to be a little tip that the Holy Spirit has left us to meditate on. It entails a story about a blind man in desperate need of a miracle. Can you imagine only seeing black, day in and day out? I’ve never been visually impaired with my natural eyes but I certainly have had those moments spiritually where I’ve lost track of what’s important.
Maybe you find yourself in the same condition today?
2,000 years ago, there was a man who had a similar struggle. The Bible calls him blind Bartimaeus. But one day Jesus passed His way, and he began to cry out to get the Lord’s attention.
[Mar 10:46-48 KJV] 46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, [thou] Son of David, have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on me.
What was it that got Jesus’ attention? Certainly, Bartimaeus was causing a commotion enough that the crowds began to tell him to quiet down. But what was it that made Jesus stand still?
[Mar 10:49 KJV] 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called.
I don’t pretend to be a great theologian but there is something that is rather obvious to me in the scriptures here. Bartimaeus was crying out for his own need, not for another person. How often do we go to God in prayer but get sidetracked with the faults of others? We pray, “Oh Jesus, please help my brother who can’t see the forest for the trees.”
Since when does another person’s faults or failures have anything to do with you and Jesus? But Bartimaeus knew the secret of how to get Jesus to stand still!
He recognized it was his own blindness that Jesus wanted to address, not the others around.
Maybe there are others in your life that see things differently. Maybe they think you’ve lost your way and are telling you to quiet down as the crowds told Bartimaeus. But friend, I encourage you today to tune out the crowds and the faults of others and call on Jesus in a new way.
He will stand still.
He will come and rescue you. That is the only thing that is really important when you’re trying to follow Jesus. The beautiful thing about calling on Jesus for your own spiritual blindness is that He is faithful to open your eyes and then you will see ONLY Him. That is the only thing that is really important when you’re trying to follow Jesus. When we confess our own faults, our own blindness, our own sins, that is when He will stand still. That is when He will open our eyes and see Him. Call on Him today and see what happens.