“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. 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!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way” (Mark 10:46-52).
At times, those around us may try to keep is in “order,” much like those rebuking the blind beggar. While their intention might be good, they may not realize the depth of our needs for that which God gives. Other times, our wrestling with sin desires to suppress the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts. Thankfully, the Spirit is not held down and God brings forth the seeking of His mercy for us. Yet, in a wonderful way, He is not done once we have cried out for that which He gives. Instead, God’s mercy continues to be given in His healing, His grace, and His loves for sinners – and that means you. As our faith is deepened during this Lenten season, may His mercy overflow.
Peace & love in Jesus,