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!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:46-52, NRSV)
What do you want me to do for you?
What would you say if Jesus asked you that?
For Bartimaeus (which literally means Son of Timaeus) it was easy, ” Let me see again.” So he wasn’t blind at birth, but lost his sight at some point and now wants to see again.
And to get Jesus attention, when he knows He is near, he shouts out to Him. Have mercy on me! And when he is told to be quiet, he shouts all the louder.
So sometimes we just have to get the attention of someone and we have to shout it out. Be ready to make some noise and let yourself be heard. Jesus will hear you and respond.