Mark 10:46 (ESV): 46 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.
I had a thought during my devotional time today. As I was reading through the Gospel of Mark I was compelled to share with you something I felt the Lord shared with me.
The verse above is the inauguration of the famous blind Bartimaeus story in which we often note the fickleness of the crowd around the blind beggar, the tenacity of the outcast seeking healing, and the utter of abandon of throwing away the cloak and making your way to Jesus.
All good stuff, or as they say... that’ll preach.
But, have you pondered the initial thoughts here:
“And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples...”
What an apparently wasted trip to Jericho. Nothing happened?
Really, not even a note about a quick parable, a scrap with a scribe or another Peter “stepped in it” moment... nothing?
Yep, apparently Jesus just passed through Jericho with nothing to report.
But, guess what, those days are important, too.
The weekend service at church that seems to be one in a line of a thousand other Sundays that just keep happening every seven days. The Monday morning office routine that feels like dental work. The daily disciplines and follow up tasks that lack fulfillment.
In theses things, there seems to be nothing to report and no post worthy activity from your life. Those moments will just fade into history as yet another busy, do-nothing kind of day.
Except for one thing... Jesus was there.
And, even if that moment isn’t remembered with fireworks and applause, it’s the moment that got you to a story of healing, when sight was recovered and a difference was made, for Jesus.
I know in life that some days are “those” kind of days. But, any day walking with Jesus is a day He is using to train you, love you, transform you!
No matter what you are tasked with today, make sure you are walking with Him... He is taking you somewhere.
Friday, May 7, 2021
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