I recently found myself reading a story from the Bible that I was quite familiar with as a child but in recent years I had not read; the story of blind Bartimaeus.
It is a really fascinating account about a man who was blind who normally sat by the roadside to beg. One day in particular, he heard that Jesus was about to pass where he was in a large crowd. He began shouting out Jesus’ name asking for Him to have mercy upon him.
This incident with Bartimaeus serves to remind us of some very valuable life lessons. My hope is that you will be able to apply even one of the lessons to a situation you are currently facing and embrace the change/ s you will experience.
The first lesson that is clearly depicted is that Bartimaeus did not accept that his situation was permanent. In other words, he didn’t just accept that this was his fate and that things would never get better.
The scripture tells us that he told Jesus that his desire was to regain his sight. The word “regain” alludes to the fact that he was once able to see. He could have stayed in a state of depression and hopelessness because he had lost his vision. He could have resolved to beg for the rest of his life in order to survive; but Bartimaeus wanted more than his current state had to offer and was determined to overcome his challenge.
What about you? What is it that you are currently facing that you have begun to accept as your fate just because it is so challenging to overcome or refuses to change over the years? Is it your weight? Is it your health? Is it that job situation? Is it your marriage? Or even the poor state of your finances?
God is able to change your situation beyond your wildest imagination! This which you face is your “now” not necessarily your destiny. For many this challenge you face is just a part of the journey; not your final destination!
Expect a shift!
Bartimaeus was such a powerful teacher. He showed us the importance of not allowing negative words and criticisms to distract him from his vision- regaining his sight. He was not distracted by the naysayers around him or those who tried to shut him up.
The scripture puts it this way:
It’s so easy to become discouraged by the things others do and say when you are on route to fulfilling your destiny. However may I implore you to take a page out of Bartimaeus’ book?!
Block out the distractions!
This is not limited to negative talk from others, but also those things that prevent you from walking in purpose. Maybe it’s those series you find yourself watching instead of developing your writing skills, or practicing your vocals or even whatsapp chat groups that you are constantly glued to. Instead of them shutting you down, you shut them up and keep focused!
He was persistent in exercising his faith!
In spite of Bartimaeus’ impairment and the thick and boisterous crowd that would have drowned his cries unto Jesus; he fervently and consistently shouted nonetheless. He realized that he was at a disadvantage because of his visual impairment and this was an “every man for himself” moment, so he would not have found someone to take him through the crowd to see Jesus. However, he didn’t wallow in self pity about his limitations; instead he used what he had, his voice. He just kept shouting and shouting. He did not stop to wonder if his shouting was pointless, instead he shouted with all his might, believing with all his heart that Jesus would hear his cries. He did not allow doubt to cripple his faith.
He pressed on despite the obstacles.
I am encouraging you to be persistent in Godly pursuits. Dig deep and find the faith to challenge your challenges. Persist through prayer, fasting and by reading the Word of God. As long as it is God’s will for your life you will reap if you do not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9).
Bartimaeus regained his sight and you too will reap your due reward! Be expectant of change, ignore the distractions and be persistent in your faith by actively chasing your goal. Be like Bartimaeus who despite being blind had a vision beyond his limitations!
1 Corinthians 15:58 (Amp)-