Then they came to Jericho. 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 10:46-52
In this passage, Jesus encounters a man who has an impossible problem. He’s blind. He CAN’T see, and hasn’t had any hope of being able to do so.
Until Jesus walks across his path.
And then he realizes there is ONE THING that CAN change his situation. He has ONE HOPE. Jesus, Son of David.
So what does he do next? He doesn’t fumble about in uncertainty. He shouts out. He goes for it.
I can relate to the hopelessness of CAN’T. In fact, I have come to the conclusion that living like Jesus is pretty much impossible. It intimidates me. And how about the apostles in the book of Acts? They seem super human, traveling everywhere, making disciples everywhere, going through persecutions? How can I be like that?
And then I realized that the apostles were normal people, just like I am, and the only way they did what they did is through the Holy Spirit. Jesus was fully human. The only way he did what he did was with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The same is true for us. The Spirit every day will give us THE STRENGTH TO DO MORE than we think we can do.
… the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. I John 4:4
But every day we will have to intentionally GIVE UP OUR OWN power. We will have to shout out our need to God, not waffle about in insecurity.
“But wait,” I say. “I’ve tried to do that, and so many times I’ve still failed. On top of that, over the years, all kinds of wacko things have gone wrong in my life. Things are too messed up. I’m too messed up.”
I love this passage from “Healing for Damaged Emotions” by David Seamands —
“God is the great Alchemist who, if you will let Him, will turn all into spiritual gold. He is the master Weaver who can take every damage, every hurt, every crippling infirmity and weave them all into His design — yes, even though their threads were spun by evil, ignorant and foolish hands!”
Even through failure, even through apparent chaos, God works His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
It’s like this puzzle my daughter gave me. There’s a way to put all the pieces together to make something beautiful.
God knows how to make something beautiful with our lives.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good. . . For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:28
We are being pieced together into something holy,
And God isn’t fazed by our failures. He who can transform the dead can certainly take the garbage of our lives and make it into something good.
So here is the thing. Today, we CAN. And in the times we can’t, God CAN.
Our part is to admit our need, remember our ONE HOPE and GO FOR IT!
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Rev 3:17-18