As I continue to read of the uncertainty of these days, battling our frustrations and anxieties that bubble up around everything from racial issues to the economy, I have reflected on the lessons we discussed in this passage - things are not right. Jesus alone has the power to heal and restore. At times it is immediate such as in the case of Bartimaeus. Yet at other times when less immediate it leaves us yearning for them to come to pass. We believe that all of the injustices, pains, trials, and challenges of life will be made right through Jesus on the Last Day.
Therefore our response is like that of Bartimaeus crying out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon us! We long for the time when all is restored, as our eyes behold a renewed heaven and renewed earth with no more sighing, longing, need for healing, or tears. And in the moments when we find such healing, we take from the example of Bartimaeus to give God glory and praise, as we follow Him with joy in all that He has done.
Both require we continue to seek Jesus. Both require perseverance and prayer. Both will see the same outcome, whether in the immediate or in the future. And so we rejoice and we continue onward in our pilgrimage in this life as we trust in Jesus.
Jesus, son of David, have mercy upon us, and come quickly!