It’s hard to stop someone who really wants something.
Try standing between a mother and her hurting child, for example.
You’d be better off trying to stop a truck.
A group of folks once tried to keep a blind man from crying out to the only one who could help him.
They were wasting their breath.
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way (Mark 10:46-52).
This blind beggar lived in a miserable world that offered few accommodations for his disability, and he had an opportunity to meet the world’s only cure for blindness.
So when Jesus passed within shouting distance he did what all of us would’ve done.
He screamed his head off.
The people around him told him to be quiet. Maybe he was bothering them, or perhaps they thought he needed to hush so he wouldn’t irritate Jesus.
Regardless, I can almost guarantee you what he said to those folks.
“You’re kidding, right? Do you really expect me to let this opportunity pass by?”
And he yelled even louder.
At that moment there was nothing in the world Bartimaeus wanted more than his sight, so Jesus rewarded his persistence and healed him.
We need to know that Jesus is still practicing ophthalmology today.
We live in a dark world, one in which many people seem to care little about right and wrong, about goodness and truth.
But we have a choice.
We can live in darkness and learn to grope blindly around. We might even become comfortable in it.
Or we can choose sight over blindness, light over darkness.
We can choose truth over lies, giving over getting, others over self.
In other words, we can choose to follow Jesus.
Like Bartimaeus, we can decide that nothing will cause us to become satisfied with the dark world we live in.
No criticism, mockery, or persecution. Nothing is worth it.
Jesus has been bringing light into people’s lives for about two thousand years now.
How’s your vision?