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At church, my pastor is preaching through a series of Bible passages that all have to do with roads, drawing an analogy to the life of Christian discipleship. So far we’ve learned about the journey of the Magi in Matthew 2 and the narrow gateway to God’s Kingdom in Matthew 7. Yesterday, my pastor preached about the blind beggar in Mark 10:46-52. Here’s the passage:

46“Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me!”

48“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”

50Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!

52And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.”

Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.”

My pastor pointed out that whenever we cry for help like Bartimaeus, God both hears and responds. James Edwards writes in his Commentary on Mark: “How remarkable that the Son of Man allows the cries of a poor and powerless person to stop him in his tracks.”

This message was a blessing for me to hear yesterday, as there are people in my life who are hurting and in need of God’s healing touch in the face of upcoming surgeries, grief at the death of a loved one, and homesickness. I am encouraged with the reminder that when I cry out to God, I will be heard.

Chime in with a comment: What are you learning about God through your reading of Scripture?