Sunday: 28th October, 2018
Reference text: Mark 10:46-52
Mark 10:48,49 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
In a large auditorium, constructive Interference of sound waves is the phenomenon that gives the impression of a very large audience when in reality, there may just be handful of people in small groups all talking at the same time. At such times, to successfully get one’s voice over this ‘combined sound’, speakers often have to be louder. In other words, they have to shout.
Whenever I have read this story of Bartimaeus, all I have seen is the image of a blind man desperate for an audience with Jesus. He was clothed with such dogged determination that amidst all the reprimand from the large crowd, he was able to get his voice louder and over that of the whole crowd following Jesus. However, what stood out today was not His actions, but the words of Jesus to the crowd ‘CALL HIM’.
There is no hint if Jesus knew what the crowd were doing to this man, but his command to the crowd was to call the man to Him themselves. Beloved, when God begins to move, the very people who were acting as obstacles, will become the agents of our ascent. Those same people who placed stumbling blocks before us, will become the ones who facilitate our invitation into true greatness.
Sometimes, like Bartimaeus, we will encounter crowds of people who will seek only to push us down. But when our perseverance causes the Lord to turn in our direction, those same will pull us up. So my dear, don’t let those things others do scare nor force you into surrender, march on and look forward with expectation because it is only a matter of time.
Remember # All it takes is one look in your direction from God.