29 Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho. A large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the side of the road. They heard that Jesus was going by. So they shouted, “Lord! Son of David! Have mercy on us!” 31 The crowd commanded them to stop. They told them to be quiet. But the two men shouted even louder, “Lord! Son of David! Have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called out to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want to be able to see.” 34 Jesus felt deep concern for them. He touched their eyes. Right away they could see. And they followed him.
It happened as Jesus was leaving Jericho. The large crowd passed noisily by two blind men who sensed a unique opportunity! So they shouted out to Jesus across the hustle and bustle of the crowd.
They were relentless and ignored the protests of the crowd. Their determination paid off! Instantly He knew they were calling out to Him so He asked them what they wanted. They grasped the opportunity, and asked to see again. Jesus touched their eyes and their sight returned instantly. What a day for these men, a life-changing day they would never forget.
Two actions stand out for me – opportunity and determination, both of which can be life-changing! These men had been sitting outside the city gates for years with never an opportunity for healing. But when Jesus came by they immediately took action. Sometimes in life when such opportunities arrive there is no time for hesitation – Go for it!
Jesus expected them to take the initiative and ask Him for want they wanted. Sometimes our hesitation to ask means that we miss out on His best. Jesus encouraged us to ask, seek and knock [Matthew 7:7].
Thank you Jesus for your compassionate response to those blind men. Praise you that you are the same for us. Help me to recognise such opportunities when you give them and be determined to grasp them no matter what obstacles may be present.
Written by Keith Bennett