Cry Out to Jesus…
Jesus wants to restore our lives, but first, we must call out His name:
They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. -Mark 10:46-52, NAB
Bartimaeus was alone. Sitting by the roadside begging for help, he cried out to Jesus. Even when others told him to be quiet, he knew that only Jesus could bring him out of this misery. When we feel alone, when others tell us to be quiet, do we still cry out to Jesus for help?
We all have burdens in our lives – disabilities, illness, the loss of a loved one, financial struggles, broken relationships – and they can make us feel completely alone. Sometimes, we may face many burdens all at one time, only deepening our sadness. But there is still help when we need it: simply cry out to Jesus.
Bartimaeus was not too proud to ask for Jesus help and pity. When Jesus responded to Bartimaeus, he was not afraid to ask Him for his sight back. He is an example for us to follow. Whatever your struggles or burdens may be, put your needs in the hands of Christ, and He will restore you. As life overwhelms you, Jesus will bring you comfort.
For anyone reading this today who may be struggling, there is little I can say or do that will bring you comfort, but I can point you to the cross, where Christ chose to take all of your burdens on His shoulders. May you find peace, rest, and happiness in a God who brings love and healing into our lives. Just cry out to Jesus, and He will always be by your side.