At the end of Mark chapter 10 we read of the dramatic story of Jesus’s encounter with the blind beggar Bartimaeus:
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
The story of healing in this passage is incredible but what really struck me in my study of this scripture is what Bartimaeus did when Jesus called him to come. The Bible says in verse 50 that he threw his cloak aside.
Why is that significant?
Well, as a beggar, his cloak was his security blanket. His cloak would have had pockets in it which he would have kept the money and handouts he had been given. In other words, his cloak and the possessions in it would represent everything he owned and had to survive. Yet, when Jesus called, he threw his cloak to the side and came to him. He willingly gave up everything he had for the opportunity get to Jesus. Even though Bartimaeus had likely only heard stories of Jesus he had the faith to leave everything behind for him.
What security blankets do we hold on to today? Maybe we take assurance in our careers, our good health, or some of our relationships. The thing about all of these things is they have the capacity of letting us down. Are we willing to let go of our own security blankets if they are keeping us from Jesus?
May we recognize that the only security blanket worth clinging to is Christ himself.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.