Was reminded today of how limited our perspectives really are as we ventured 3 miles down the road to GameStop so Sean could use a Christmas gift card. After wiping an inch of snow off our car we cautiously left the neighborhood. But just a couple of miles down the road there was absolutely NO SNOW on the ground. Crazy how you can be in the middle of a storm but just around the corner…everything is good. I think there’s a lesson about perseverance in here somewhere.
Yesterday I wrote the above post on my Facebook page. This morning, in my quiet time, I read one of my favorite moments in Scripture, the story of the blind begging man sitting on the side of the road who relentlessly cried out to Jesus. (Luke 18: 35-43)
“So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! ” Then those in front told him to keep quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! ”
I love the lessons of perseverance and faith in this account. This blind man’s faith allowed him to see clearly the hope beyond his dark world.
He saw what could be and he had no intention on giving up until it became his reality.
I’ve always loved the question Jesus asks the man. “What do you want me to do for you?” I smile when I read that because Jesus already knows what the man wants…just like He knows what you and I want. Yet, there is a humility that comes with acknowledging our need and asking for help. But, one thing I noticed today are the words right before this question. “Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him…”
When he came near…
I don’t believe this is a detail in the story we should neglect to recognize. How often in our dark and stormy circumstances do we beg God for help but we do it while standing at a distance? Our prayers for help are done on the run or they’re done half-heartedly. This detail in the story reminded me that after crying out for help our next choice is a crucial one on our journey toward healing and freedom. Do we stay where we are or do we choose to draw even closer to the One who is capable of changing our darkness into light? As I thought more about this, the words from James 4 came to mind “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…”
The blind beggar had an “all in” mentality. He was done being polite. He was done sitting on the side of the road in defeat or wallowing in self-pity. The only thing on his mind was making sure Jesus knew he was serious and that he had no plan of giving up in his pursuit. I’m here and I need your help. Help me!
Are you sitting on the side of the road in defeat today? Are you tempted to give up? Have you shouted for help and it just seems like all your requests are going unanswered?
Then let me remind you that retreating, at this moment, is not an option. The only option is to get back up and refuse to settle for darkness. Like the blind beggar…cry out all the more and draw even closer.