I turned the corner of the isle in Target, panic struck my face. Panic struck in an instant to the center of my core.
“MAADISOOON!” I yelled at the top of my lungs.
From just the next row, in the other direction, a very young Madison stepped from the end of an isle. She had slipped away for the eternity of just a few seconds.
I hugged her tight with real love and continued with our day.
My daily life consists on spending time making my hair look the best, using my very best manners, correct posture, and choosing my words correctly. I care what people think about me. But there is a time that it all goes by the wayside.
He had one thought on his mind. Sight. His life was a dark one, full of handicaps and inabilities. He was consumed with one idea, something that the crowd never gives a second thought.
Bartimaeus cried at the top of his lungs, “Son of David!”
The streets were busy with religious people. It was the beginning of Passover and many were setting out on the holy journey and beginning their religious preparations. But they were even more blind than this man with no sight as they urged him to hush and be quiet.
What is that thing? The one you dream about? It consumes your mind. You would not care to be made a fool if it meant that you could possess it?
As Bartimeus sought his miracle, he did not listen to the advice of the crowd. When he was summoned by Jesus, he did not stop to fix his appearance. He did not have all the theological answers. He looked away from the religion of the synagogue and the Pharisees to the man, to a relationship with Jesus.
And Jesus did summon him. He is not safe. Jesus is not the feminine, PC Sunday School story. He was on the road to torture and the most extreme suffering ever endured by a human. But he has a heart for the hurting. He is here for those that do no have it all together.
While I am the first to know my shortcomings, I also know my strength: “Son of David, have mercy on me!”