Monday: 19th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 18:35-43
Luke 18:37,38 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
One thing about begging is that often, each person appears to have a territory: an area in which they are the most popular. In the case of today’s text, what triggered the asking of the question ‘what is going on’ from the beggar was the fact that he was attuned to the increased commotion within his territory. This man described in the Gospel may have had no sight, but we can determine that while he sat begging, he was clearly focused on the daily events that proceeded.
Another thing we can easily miss from the text is the response he received to his question: ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by’. However, the cry he made was a lot different: “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me”. His cry was an accurate name which he hadn’t been told, thus it gives us a hint that this was not the first time he had heard about the man Jesus. He was blind, but most certainly he had his ears on the ground.
Unlike him, many of us would rather prefer to wallow in a pool of pity and spend time complaining about the many things we do not have instead of first making use of what we already have. Using his ears and voice, he received his sight! How beautiful is that. He sought for perfection and completeness by using what others would describe as a ‘disability’.
Sweetheart, if the one thing you need isn’t God, then don’t make it a habit of believing that ‘what you do not have, is the one thing needed to succeed’. For all you know, you may be ignoring something bigger which you already possess. Before we go about complaining about all the things we do not have, let us first see what we have.
Remember # When you can’t see, use your ears and when you can’t hear, use your voice… There is always something at your disposal, only look.