“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder.
The blind beggar would not be stopped.
This was his one chance of being able to see again. So why would he listen to the clamor and shouts of the people around him? Why should he give in to their demands when this could be his one moment in time when everything will change?
Bartimaeus gathered his strength and shouted even louder. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
His desperate cry for help pierced through all the noise and reverberated in the atmosphere.
Jesus who was passing by the area heard him and called for him.
That day changed the life of blind Bartimaeous forever. Jesus heard his cry and he healed him.
But it was not his loud cry that got him noticed. It was his sheer desperation and utter brokenness that moved the heart of Jesus.
Have you ever been so desperate that you don’t care about what the people around you think? Have you ever been so in need that you would stop at nothing just to have that very thing?
Jesus said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” (Matthew 5:3 NLT)
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