As Jesus 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, Jesus 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.
God doesn’t make things too complicated, no matter how much we might want to blame Him for our challenges. He simply asks us to just have Faith and follow His Son. He reminds us that, when we run into trouble from the darkness, to just cry out to Jesus for help. God has promised us that His Son will deliver what’s best for us on each and every request. Sometimes we think that Jesus doesn’t hear us or deliver us from our challenge. But, He is always with us – right next to us running our races together with Him. He’s not on the sidelines; he’s got his running shoes on and is sweating with us while running as fast as He can get us to run with Him. So, like Bartimaeus, even when we can’t see Him, we need to cry out to Him and ask for His help and guidance. If those around us are trying to silence our cries to Jesus, we are to keep crying out to Him – and, doing it even more loudly, if needed. We must cry out to Him and run His race; not our race. The Eternal Victory lies in His running shoes, so we are to follow His ways, paths, etc. He promises that we won’t be disappointed.