“And Jesus said to him, ‘Go, for your faith has healed you’. Instantly, the man could see and he followed Jesus down the road.” (Mark 10:52) NLT
I’m not much of a Monday person, but this particular Monday morning, I found myself disliking the dreaded day ahead even more than usual ….
Shortly after waking up from a restless night’s sleep with a horrendous toothache, my thoughts drifted toward what the upcoming week might hold. I felt a sense of dread sink into my heart and soon found myself wishing it were already Friday ….
Most people long for Friday because it means the beginning of the weekend; however I knew that if the week were over, I would no longer have to worry about what challenges it might bring. If it were Friday, I would already have encountered them, faced them and made some progress in dealing with them. Yes, kind of pessimistic I know …
Yet, the fact remained: it was only Monday. As anxiety tried to set in, God pricked my heart, reminding me I could either let my thoughts control me today and throughout the week, or I could choose to be in control of them instead. I could worry myself into a frenzy or ask for His peace to fill my heart. I was blind to what was ahead, but I knew in my heart that God had a crystal-clear view and He would go before me ….
In (Mark 10), a blind man named Bartimaeus sat beside the road; as he normally did, when he heard a commotion. He soon discovered the large crowd of people following Jesus. And they were all headed his way ….
Bartimaeus had no idea what was going to happen. Having no sight, he could have felt threatened and anxious, fearful the crowd might trample him. He could have been concerned he’d be unnoticed and overlooked, yet again. However, instead, he focused on what he could see with his heart rather than what he was unable to see with his eyes ….
He excitedly began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47).
Many of the people yelled at him to be quiet, he refused and continued to shout even louder, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” His shouting pricked Jesus’ ears. Jesus stood still, and asked someone to bring the blind man to him. The bible says Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up and headed straight toward Jesus.
I love that. Notice, the blind man threw aside anything that might hinder his running, jumped up all on his own and blindly ran to Jesus. He ran solely ahead by faith, not by sight; unafraid of falling or bumping into things, nor fearing what might be ahead of him, simply because He heard Jesus’ voice and knew He was there ….
Bartimaeus’ eyes caused him to live without sight, but his heart allowed him to live by faith. That small act of blind faith changed his life forever. Lord, that I may have that kind of blind belief ….
As I lay in my bed pondering this sweet story the Spirit brought to mind, my heart began to calm. My inability to “see” the upcoming week did not have to hinder my ability to run forward in faith. I could follow Jesus’ voice in blind faith too, if I chose to believe He would watch over my every step, much like He did for the blind man ….
I prayed for the strength to live by faith even when I couldn’t see what was ahead. And then I committed to trust Jesus with all the things He could see coming but I could not. And immediately His peace overshadowed my anxiety.
We can always choose to follow Jesus’ voice, rather than let our blindness keep us paralyzed in anxiousness and pessimism. Just like the blind man, when we choose to follow Jesus’ voice instead of our eyes, our faith can be life-changing, helping us discover peace and blessing. We are to walk by faith — not by feelings, and live by believing and not by seeing …
“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Sometimes the future can seem scary, but your mindset about it; whether positive or negative, is what can make or break you, your attitude and maybe even your faith. Trust Him today. He already has it handled for you …
Lord, help me to have courage to move through my circumstances today, and each day ahead with blind faith and peace instead of worry and fear about what I can’t see. Open my spiritual eyes to see and my heart to know all that You have prepared for me and help me to trust You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen …..