They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:46-47)
IN THE SCRIPTURE reading for today, Jesus is trying to get out of town. He has been in Jericho, but now it is time to leave. He has somewhere else to be.
In these “I have somewhere else to be” moments, we certainly don’t want to be interrupted. And most of us have learned that those are precisely the moments when we should most expect to be interrupted.
As Jesus is leaving Jericho, someone yells his name. I wonder what effect this has on Jesus. …
We don’t know that Jesus bristles when he hears his name called as he is leaving Jericho. We don’t know if he is tired or frustrated. What we do know is that he does not respond immediately. We know this because many try to shush the blind man before Jesus does respond. . . .
If we were intent on leaving – if we had somewhere else to be – would we notice a desperate plea from someone in need? Would we stop or continue on our way?
There are certainly times we have urgent or important plans. Yet, we must decide how we will respond to demands for our time. …
During our interrupted lives today, we will need to listen intentionally to the voices of those around us. In the midst of our constantly interrupted lives, we can train ourselves to tune out all the distracting voices. May we not be so closed off today that we miss the voices of those in need. They may be just the voices that God wants us to hear today.
– Jacob Armstrong
From pages 28-30 of Interruptions: A 40-Day Journey with Jesus by Jacob Armstrong. Copyright © 2014 by Jacob Armstrong. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Listen for the voices of those in need around you today. Share your thoughts.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20, NRSV
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