YOU TOOK ME FROM THE WAYSIDE
As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
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.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
– MARK 10:14-25
In life, stuff happens. And when it does, it can leave us feeling like we’ve gone ‘off course.’ Like a video game, the screen of our life lights up in chaos of reds, telling us we’ve gone the wrong way. If only we could just do a U-turn. If only things were that simple.
Sometimes it is our choices that lead us into the ditches of life. Sometimes though, things happen that are beyond our control.
Take our friend Bartimaeus for example. He was outcast from his community without having any choice in the situation. He found himself sitting on the wayside daily, hoping and waiting for someone to save him.
Yet despite his situation, Bartimaeus had enough courage to call out to Jesus. Even when the people around him made fun of him and told him to stop being ridiculous, he yelled – he yelled even louder!
The best part?? Over the noise of the crowd, Jesus heard Bartimaeus’ heart’s cry. Not only did Jesus hear him, but he also answered and He fulfilled the dream of his heart! He took Bartimaeus from the wayside and set him on his way – healed, whole, free and full of purpose.
We all have weaknesses or situations in our lives that are beyond our control and that frustrate us, leaving us like we have been left on the wayside. What are yours? Don’t let those situations silence you! Let them draw you to Jesus. Call out to Him! Let Him take you from the wayside, connect you into His family, and carry you home.