Mark 10:46-49 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timeaus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
"Be quiet!" many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, "Tell him to come here."
Since this is a story told in Sunday School when we are little we all know that Blind Bart was healed that day!! He walked away able to see.
What I noticed today was that the people that thought of Bartimaeus as a beggar didn't think that he had the right to ask Jesus for anything...after all he was just a beggar! They told him to be quiet!! What if Bartimaeus has listened to the people? What if he had not listened to his own heart? What if he had not asked again? He would not be a story in our Bibles... he would not have gained his sight!!
We can't listen to what the world thinks we need, or want, or deserve...we need to listen to our own hearts...to the Holy Spirit inside of us. We need to go to Jesus with our wants and needs and desires. There is no telling what we will see in this world if we ask Jesus!! God tells us we can...it doesn't matter what the world tells us!