This Lent I’ve taken on the 1% challenge. Spend 14 minutes and 24 seconds of your day in God’s word reading a gospel passage from the bible. The other night I was reading one of the passages and I really connected to the story and thought I would share my thoughts on it.
The Blind Bartimaeus 46 They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. 47 On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” 50 He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 51 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.” 52 Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Senses. We all have them, and if they’re all working we have 5 of them. Bartimaeus only had 4. What stuck out to me though was that although he wasn’t able to see Jesus perform miracles (or see anything really), but Bartimaeus was still able to trust Jesus so completely. He knew that Jesus would heal him. His faith is what saved him.
For me, at times it’s hard to believe. And all of my senses are functioning properly. I am able to see how God works in people’s lives, but sometimes I see the worst in people and I let my negative thoughts define who they are. I can feel the Holy Spirit’s presence around me when I’m praying, but at times it can be hard to feel the Holy Spirit during my everyday life. I can hear God’s word through reading the bible, but I’m discouraged when I can’t hear Him call out to me when I’m engaging in simple prayer.
But am I really utilizing all of my senses to be able to fully encounter Jesus in my everyday life and grow in my faith?
Bartimaeus wasn’t able to see God’s miracles be performed, but he still had an immeasurable amount of faith. I want to be at the point where I can utilize all of my senses to be able have a stronger faith. By taking on this 1% challenge I have seen the value in diving into God’s word everyday.
Since I’ve accepted the challenge, I’m passing the challenge along to you as well. If you accept, I know that you will not be disappointed by the fruits that come out of spending 15 extra minutes with your Savior.
Prayers and Blessings,
Lord, you love me so fully.
At times though, it’s hard to sense that you are there.
You deserve my whole self and so much more.
When my human senses fail,
Guide me to your heart so that I can grow closer in relationship with you.
Because when I put my all my trust in you,
That’s when you will save me.