“Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed Him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”Mark 10:46-47
This story had something of what you would call a happy ending. But “What If” things did not happen as they did? Bartimaeus lived a hard life; blind to the world, broke to the bone and having to depend on the charity of others.
Imagine if Bartimaeus, probably having an especially hard time that afternoon under the relentless glare of the Judean sun, chose to believe that Jesus would supernaturally sense his need, come to his aid, and bring an end to the blindness that plagued him. Would his healing have come? Would his story have had a different ending? It may be hard to say for sure what would have happened. But we do know what happened because he reached out.
I’ve heard people talk about how their loved ones, leaders/superiors or folks they formerly considered as friends, failed to be there for them in their dark and lowly times. It’s an experience I can totally relate to. However, it’s safe to say that things could have been different.
It is common knowledge that humans do not exactly rank high on the “Trust Index”. Still, there is always that disappointment that comes when those who you considered close fail to be there for you in your times of need. But if there’s one thing the story of Bartimaeus teaches us, it is the wisdom and help that is available for us when we reach out.
Reaching out is not always easy. Ego, an intense dread of possible shame, a reputation to protect, an inability to put feelings into words – all of these things sometimes militate against our reaching out for help. However, it would be a twisted form of pride to claim that the mindset you have about people results from their failure to reach out to you when you never did try to reach out for help.
It’s a twisted form of pride because you’re indirectly fixing the blame for the mindset you have on another, when there could have possibly been a different outcome had you made such a person aware of your need.
Yes, the brethren have the Holy Spirit, but your brother/sister is NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT. They have so many things going on with them too and may be so wrapped in, and overwhelmed by things to do and appointments to meet, that they fail to catch that leading to help a brother or sister that may be down.
Don’t die in silence. Don’t let your pride choke you. If you need help and none seems to be coming, step out in faith and cry out for help. The Love of God will find you.