Bartimaeus pushed through the opposition of the crowd that tried to keep him from Jesus. In a similar way, the ‘crowds’ of the world seem to want to keep us from Jesus and from receiving his healing touch. They are telling us to be content with who we are.
The problem is, what the world offers can leave us restless, unfulfilled and always searching for the next best thing to make us happy. Often our desires for God’s peace and love become fleeting moments that get shouted down by the influence of the crowd.
Every day we face opposition similar to what Bartimaeus faced. He was wrapped in a ‘cloak’ of comfort (Mark 10:50). The crowd told him to stay put and to be content with his blindness. “Jesus cannot help you; you’re not worth his time.” But Bartimaeus was desperate and refused to listen. As a result, Jesus heard him. Bartimaeus gladly threw off his cloak and ran to where Jesus could wrap him in divine love.
Follow Bartimaeus’ example! Today you can throw aside the ‘cloak’ of partial comfort and spring up to meet Jesus (Mark 10:50). Let him wrap you in a ‘cloak’ of grace and healing.
Remember this: while the crowds of the world want to keep you from Jesus, there are also crowds of disciples who want to follow him. They can help you grow in your faith. Find people who pray together. Find a Bible study. Join people who serve the poor. Surround yourself with people who share your desire for Jesus. Join them as you follow Jesus ‘on the way’ (Mark 10:52).