Have you ever felt desperate? A walk through hospital intensive care units reveals desperate people hoping for some respite in their need. Scattered throughout communities, desperate people hope against hope for some financial crisis to be remedied or a broken marriage to be mended or a wayward child to return safely home. Desperation is part of human existence. The size of one’s bank account or position in life doesn’t matter; desperation can dog anyone’s steps.
Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and his miracles, and learning that he was passing by, hoped to recover his eyesight. In coming to Christ for help and healing, we should look to him as the promised Messiah. The gracious calls Christ gives us to come to him, encourage our hope, that if we come to him we shall have what we come for. – Matthew Henry
You are not alone.
You have hope.
You can get help.
Having expectations is important. Expecting something good is essential for a believing heart. Without it we will put restrictions on our hope. Bartimaeus – his cost for hoping in Jesus? – his beggar’s coat and all the money he had collected.
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” – Mark 10:46-47