We all love BABIES!
Over the last few months our church has seen a lot of new babies. We have baptized my new grandbaby, welcomed new babies Aiyana, Van and Gavin. You may not join me in this but I love to hear the noise of babies in church. We have said it over and over, “What a beautiful baby.” We all started there, but it has been so long that I don’t remember much about being a baby. Do you remember when you were a baby? One thing I know about babies is that they are not shy when it comes to letting you know when they want something. They will let you know when they are hungry, thirsty, sick, tired, or wet. Since a little baby doesn’t know how to talk, how can he or she tell you all these things? Right! A baby lets you know these things by crying. The baby doesn’t care if you are in church, at a movie, or eating dinner in a fine restaurant. If a baby wants or needs something, you are going to hear about it! As we get older, we learn to be more reserved about making our wants and wishes known. Or do we? One of my favorite Bible stories is the healing of blind Bartimaeus.
Jesus and his disciples had spent some time in the city of Jericho. As they were leaving town, a blind man by the name of Bartimaeus was sitting beside the road. When he heard the people saying that Jesus was approaching, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” You have to understand his crying out disturbed the people around him. “Be quiet!” they yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The story says that when Jesus heard Bartimaeus crying out, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come to me.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, Jesus is calling you to come to him. Bartimaeus jumped up, threw aside his coat, and went to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“I want to see,” Bartimaeus answered.
“Go,” Jesus said. “Your faith has healed you.” Instantly Bartimaeus could see and he followed Jesus down the road.
I always love what Bartimaeus said in response to Jesus question: “What do you want me to do for you?” His answer was so simple and to the point. “I want to see.” When we come to God can we articulate our needs as clearly? Or do we have so much it is difficult for us to express to God just what we need. The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6)
Can you imagine a mother hearing her baby cry and just ignoring it? No way! A mother will do whatever she can to find out what her baby wants or needs and tend to that need. Can you imagine God knowing that we have a need and ignoring it? Not a chance! God loves his children and wants what is best for them.
When you have a need in your life, don’t be shy. Speak up! Remember what Jesus said. “I will do whatever you ask in my name.” (John 14:13)