In a story that appears in all three synoptic Gospels, Jesus is leaving a busy city called Jericho with a crowd following him. From the noisy din of the city streets, a call of absolute desperation reaches the ears of Jesus. It’s a blind man named Bartimaeus, and his cry is, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those in the crowd closest to Bartimaues, probably embarrassed in front of such naked desperation, tell him to be quiet.
But instead he calls out even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus hears him and tells them to bring Bartimaeus closer.
So they do.
Jesus looks at Bartimaues and says:
What is it that you want for me to do for you?
What desire would come up most immediately in you if the Creator of the Universe turned his gaze upon you?
What is it that you want?
Somewhere inside of you is a place that is untouched by life’s pushing and pulling, by for or against, untouched by demands for judgement or closure. A place that is settled in God’s love for you and your purposes in this world.
It is a place that will not be quiet when the crowd tells you to be quiet. It’s a place that will continue to wait and to attend to God’s presence, regardless of the cost.
Below the street noise of this world and our appetites is a solid foundation, our true self, life in the presence of God’s Spirit.
Have you come in contact with that place?
Centered, anchored in the love and presence of God, aware of who you actually are & what you are about?
Once that is settled within us, we will not spend another minute of our brief hour on this earth programming our lives around the demands of others or chasing our fleeting appetites for things that cannot satisfy.
This Sunday we will close out our sermon series on Proverbs exploring the interplay between wisdom and desire. Hope to see ya there.