Depression is an evil darkness that looms large, making it difficult to see. Shrouded in heavy fog, its victims stumble about, grasping for hope, groping for answers, fumbling for a light switch that just can’t be found. It’s blackness feels permanent, incapacitating, degrading—it strips you of the ability to care for yourself and those you love. Depression causes blindness and vision loss. It not only steals the sight of your present surroundings—loved ones, responsibilities, abilities—but also robs you of your future, calling, and purpose. It makes you helpless, hopeless, and alone.
Blind Bartimaeus was a roadside beggar. Permanently incapacitated by his blindness, he was unable to see his loved ones and abilities. He was degraded, incapable of caring for himself. He was helpless, hopeless, and alone. Blindness robbed him of his future, pushing him into a fate he would not have chosen for himself, ruining his chances for a normal life.
But one day Jesus came by. Bartimaeus had heard of His miracles and started shouting, crying out for Jesus’ mercy. Everyone around told Bartimaeus to shut up, but he knew this was his one shot at a fresh start, so he yelled even more. He chose to ignore the voices; he decided to cry out in his darkness. Jesus heard him and told some people to call him over. They said, “Cheer up, Bartimaeus, get up, He’s calling you.”
And Bartimaeus, knowing this was his moment, understanding he had to take action, realizing that in spite of the darkness and chaos he must choose between past and potential, between what he knew and was comfortable with and what he had dreamed of, threw his cloak aside, jumped to his feet, and went to Jesus. Then Jesus, already knowing his need, asked Bartimaeus what he wanted. “I want to see,” he said, and immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus.
Bartimaeus didn’t wait for Jesus to come to him. He threw off his mantle— that thing he’d been wearing so long, that thing that identified and defined him, that thing that represented his struggle, that beggar mentality, that symbol of his affliction—and he jumped to his feet. He didn’t slugglishly get up and mosey on over. He leaped out of his place and got himself to where Jesus was. Once there, Bartimaeus reclaimed his future.
Bartimaeus took off the old, moved himself into a postition close to Jesus, and spoke his potential, telling Jesus specifically what he wanted. He called out the darkness, named his enemy, and brought it before Jesus. And in that moment, standing before his Maker, having let go of his past and surrendering his future, Bartimaeus was instantly healed.
I want to challenge you to become like Bartimaeus in your fight against the darkness. Like you, he was hopeless, helpless, and alone. Like you, he had an opportunity to meet with Jesus. Like you, he had a choice to make. It was difficult, he didn’t know what would happen, he fought against opposing voices, but he chose to try. He took off what he knew about himself—his reality—and responded to Jesus’ call. He jumped up in blindness. He made his walk to Jesus in blindness. He stood in front of Jesus in blindness. He spoke to Jesus in blindness. Every action he made was under cover of darkness, but when he declared his desire by faith, Jesus honored him and he walked away in the light, able to see his surroundings, his vision fully restored.
Try it. God is no respecter of persons. What He’s done for others He’ll do for you. He knows where you are. He hears you calling. Now it’s your turn. Take action. Don’t give in to the voices, don’t lay down and wait. Take off your labels, go to Him, tell Him what you need. He will restore your light and vision. Remember, the walk of faith is a blind one. You may not be able to see where you are, but He sees, and you’re closer than you think.
Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received sight and followed Jesus along the road. – Mark 10:50-52 (NIV)
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