“Zip it!!!” This is what everyone told blind Bartimaus when he was yelling, fussing & making a scene. He wanted to get Jesus’ attention so that maybe he could get a miracle from Jesus & see again, in Luke 18.
I wonder what it was like to be in that crowd who was following Jesus & to be accosted by this desperate man. Their reply, “Zip it!!” tells me that the crowd didn’t have any interest in helping this desperate man. Indeed, they obstructed Bartimeus & attempted to discourage his efforts.
Let’s be careful that we help people to connect: find & experience Jesus, when someone seems to be annoying or a nuisance.
Mood lighting seems to be popular – candles, track lighting, dimmer switches, etc. Supposedly, this kind of light can be soothing & soft. The main problem, however, is the vision obscurity that dim light can facilitate. And if we can’t see well, then we increase our chances to make mistakes & even hurt ourselves.
As a follower of Jesus, I want to be known as a child of the Light. This means that I want to live in light, not hidden, nor controlled by obscurity. I want to bring light & love wherever I go, expressing healing, freedom & redemption. Let’s turn the light up rather than dim the light.
This morning I read in Luke about a blind guy who was yelling for Jesus. After the blind guy was persistent, Jesus stopped & asked him what he wanted. Of course Jesus knew that the guy was blind, but He waited for the man to express what he wanted.
This has started me thinking about what I want & this truth: if I get what I want from Jesus, I will need to change my behavior. This is often a bigger deal than what we realize. Being healed means that we must act differently. We can’t be healed & continue to behave in the same dysfunctional & broken routines.
Being healed means that we live more wholly & make choices that are healthy & life giving – and this takes courage. Not only do I want to be well, but I also want the courage to live well.
I’ve just been in Cambodia with Saving Moses & heard this extremely powerful testimony that will be super encouraging. A mom who was coming out of the prostitution industry had contracted gonerea (or however you spell it) & became pregnant. Instead of delivering her baby by c-section to protect him from the gonerea, she delivered him normally. From the birthing process, he also caught the disease in his eyes, for which there’s no cure in Cambodia. The prognosis for this baby boy was that he would be blind & the disease would likely spread to his brain with severe consequences. My friend went to pray healing for this little boy & over the course of time, he is totally healed, can see normally & is developing at a normal & healthy rate without any health concerns – how cool is that?!?!!!
I love that God is our healer, including healing for the babies of prostitutes. No one is too small, insignificant nor trivial for God to touch, heal & transform 🙂
Ok, on my last @savingmoses trip, I had the privilege of visiting a blind school in Calcutta & I watched these guys who live in this school & I was THOROUGHLY AMAZED by them!!! What I found most amazing was their total joy, compassion, comraderie and zeal for life – all with no sight. While most of them have come from some really rough backgrounds, I never once had the sense that they were unhappy, ungrateful, shameful or unloved. I sensed absolutely no self-pity, but only love, care and comraderie. Two things:
1 – to watch these little men play cricket, check out this AMAZING & short video: http://www.vimeo.com/21004207
2 – for some cool pics from our trip, pls check out: http://www.stevestantonphotography.com/blog/
Ok here’s the latest update from Calcutta – we’ve been here now for a little more than 24 hours & unfortunately this is a really short trip so we’ll be leaving in the next 36 hours.
So far we’ve enjoyed our time & getting familiar w this culture – I always find that my 1st 24 hours in any country is always an orienting & acclimatizing time (making the time change, meeting new people, learning culture essentials, . . . a flood of everything new when my body & brain are barraged by an onslaught of unfamiliarities).
Yesterday, we had the privilege of visiting a blind school & it was an amazing experience. We saw kids filled w smiles, happy, friendly, content, warm & genuinely loving, regardless of their impairment or age. It was really amazing to watch them interact w such kindness & love among themselves – no fighting, teasing or conflicts but lots of warmth, teamwork, friendship & touching. We watched a group of boys who are blind or severely visually impaired play cricket, hitting & catching the ball w a rattle inside. It was amazing to say the least!
Today, we get to join everyone for a really cool church service & possibly, we may get to meet some children from some extremely difficult backgrounds. I’ll keep you posted, but pls continue to pray that God will provide for us “Pharoah’s daughter” to help us with @savingmoses – I’ll try to upload a video from the blind school w a little txh help ,)