Mercy-Turning The Page

Today was my ten month anniversary of being a follower of Christ, and today as I was editing my blog I accidentally deleted it. I was very upset because of losing my blog but then as I thought later, this happened for a reason. Just like everything in my life happened for a reason, this blog being deleted happened for a reason. My old blog, Hope and Purpose, had signified my new life in Christ being brought from such a dark place last January and learning who God really was for the first time in my life. Now though, ten months later, I know who He is. I have seen his power first hand with restoration with my family, being brought from addictions, and lies of the devil. And I believe the deleting of the blog symbolized God turning that page in my life. He had confirmed me, He had anointed me and now it was time for me to walk in His faith and trust Him completely. For me to stop having doubts and struggling with old sins because Jesus had commanded me out of that sin.

Recently I have been reading some really great stories in Mark. Stories of people trusting and knowing Jesus could heal them. A woman who had bleeding problems pushed her way through the crowd, believing “If I can just touch His robes, I will be made well.” (Mark 5:28). Another story is about a man who’s kid has been demon possessed from birth in Mark 9. And finally the story that I read today. It starts in Mark 10. 

“They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!” 48 Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; He’s calling for you.” 50 He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

“Rabbouni,”[m] the blind man told Him, “I want to see!”

52 “Go your way,” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.” (Mark 10:47-52)

Let’s break this down. So there is a man who is a blind, beggar, sitting on the side of the road, and Jesus and His disciples come walking by. Now by this time Jesus was a big name, very popular. This man probably knew of the miracles Jesus had performed. This blind man cries starts to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,” over and over again, very loudly. He was yelling so loudly that people told him to be quiet but he continued to cry out to Jesus for mercy. Jesus finally stops and calls the man to him. Then Jesus inquires what he wants from Him, and the man says he wants to see. Then Jesus just tells him to go on his way, that his faith has healed him but unlike the other two stories, this man begins to follow Jesus on the road. He was so thankful for the mercy Jesus had shown to him that he left everything and followed Jesus. 

I thought it was so neat reading this story on the day of my ten month anniversary of being a follower of Christ. That ten months ago I had been spiritually blind and on January 6th, 2012 I cried out to Jesus for mercy, and He heard and answered my cry. And I was blown away. Blown away by God’s grace and mercy, that I didn’t deserve. Blown away that He wanted something to do with such a sinful, wretched person such as me. And His showing of mercy led me to follow Him and surrender everything to him and just like the blind beggar I’ve followed Him down that road. I didn’t know where the road lead to or how long the road was, but I followed Him down it. And He took me far, far away from my old self, from the lies of the devil and the blindness of my eyes. He called me into His ministry and into His love, grace, mercy and power. And He’s allowed me to show other his mercy and grace that He has for them. I’m leaving the past completely behind today, I will no longer even entertain those thoughts. I’m focusing on Jesus and continuing to follow Him down the road He is taking me. 

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