Momma, I Can See!
By: Carletta Traylor (aka C.N.)
Baby, I’m begging! Baby, I’m begging, begging, Baby! Baby, I’m begging! Baby, I’m begging, begging, Baby! Whoops, sorry about that! Wrong blog (this isn’t the “How To Beg Like Jodeci and Keith Sweat, Deluxe Edition” blog. Haha). When we really want something (whether it be money, certain foods, clothes, shoes, toys, or to go somewhere), we’re oftentimes willing to go above and beyond to get it-asking for it, doing chores we weren’t asked to to, blowing up the kitchen in an attempt to make “breakfast,” over-complimenting someone (but let’s face it, flattery will butter the toughest of us up like some Pillsbury biscuits! Haha). We may want something so badly that we’re even willing to beg for it-crying, screaming, throwing oneself on the floor for attention (are you break-dancing or having a seizure?! Do I need to call 911?!), and the like…and we don’t care what anyone thinks about it.
In those moments where we get what we want (especially when we acted like we didn’t have any home training to get it…Haha), we feel a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment (I DID IT! YAYYYYYYY! HIP-HIP, HOORAY!). Just as we’re rewarded for being persistent in our quest for material things, we’re rewarded even more when we’re persistent in our quest to achieve God’s favor and blessings. This brings us to the story of Jesus healing the blind man, Bartimaeus, in the Bible.
In the 10th Chapter of Mark, Jesus Christ (our Lord and Savior himself!) is in the middle of his three-year earthly ministry (teaching and preaching about the Kingdom of God). Jesus and his disciples travel to the city of Jericho (we remember Jericho from my previous post, ”Break Down The Walls of Jericho!”->https://jesusbedtimestories.com/break-down-the-walls-of-jericho/), and as they are leaving the city, they see a blind beggar named Bartimaeus on the side of the road. Bartimaeus hears that Jesus Christ is in town (sho nuff! Haha), and he immediately begs Jesus for his mercy and healing-please help me to see, Jesus (I just want to see!)! Many people told Bartimaeus to pipe down and put a sock in it, but Bartimaeus told them to shove it, didn’t pay those salty seaweeds any mind, and began to beg Jesus to heal him even louder (PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON ME, JESUS CHRIST, SON OF DAVID! PLEASE HEAL MY EYES SO THAT I MIGHT SEE! That’s right, Barty! You make your pleas known to Jesus! Don’t pay Beavis or Butthead any mind (those naive nitwits. Haha)!).
Bartimaeus refused to stop seeking Jesus’s healing (he was like the Energizer Bunny, y’all! He just kept going and going and going. Haha), and he finally got Jesus’s attention (YASSSSSSSS!!!!!). Jesus stopped walking and asked his disciples to call Bartimaeus to him; his disciples did as they were told (y’all better obey Jesus! Haha), and Bartimaeus quickly got up and went over to where Jesus was (with help, of course. He couldn’t see anything, and they didn’t have helper dogs or walking sticks during those days. Haha). Jesus asked Bartimaeus a very simple question, to which Bartimaeus gave a very simple and straightforward answer:
Mark 10:51 (KJV)–And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
I want to see, Lord! Jesus appreciated the fact that Bartimaeus had faith in him and believed that he could restore his sight, and as such, Jesus responded as follows:
Mark 10:52 (KJV)–And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Bartimaeus can see! Bartimaeus can see! GIRRLLLLLLL, guess what?! BARTIMAEUS CAN SEE!!!! Bartimaeus was sick (blind) and in need of immediate healing; Bartimaeus had faith that Jesus Christ (our Lord and Savior, who died on Calvary’s cross to save us from our sins, that if we would believe in him, we would not perish, but have everlasting life-John 3:16 (KJV)) could give him his sight. By remaining strong in his faith, never giving up (bump those naysayers! They’re drinking way too much Hatorade right now!), and continuing to ask (beg) Jesus Christ for his sight, Jesus showed Bartimaeus mercy and restored his sight-MOMMA, I CAN SEE! HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU, JESUS! GOD IS GOOD!
I feel a modern-day remix coming on (it’s in my bones, y’all! It’s in my bones! Haha)! Grab your nachos, a cold one (non-alcoholic beverages! None of that foolishness right now. Haha), hop on the cot, and let’s get to remixing! NOTE: I will be utilizing modern-day language, technology, and ways of living in this story, as we’re picturing this happening today.
Momma, I Can See!
By: Carletta Traylor (aka C.N.)
Biblical Reference: Mark 10:46-52 (KJV)
*Jesus and his disciples are leaving the city of Jericho (Lord knows those fools needed some spiritual guidance. Haha), when they see a blind beggar named Bartimaeus on the side of the road. Bartimaeus hears that Jesus is there, and immediately begins to seek Jesus’s mercy and healing. He wants a healing, and he won’t stop until he gets it! My man! Haha*
Bartimaeus (blind beggar): Jesus! Jesus! Oh, mighty, merciful, son of the Most High God! Son of David! Jesus! Please have mercy on me! Please heal me, Jesus! I am blind and cannot see! Please heal me and restore my sight, Jesus! I want to see the trees, I want to see the birds running into light poles, I want to see the Raptors completely EMBARRASS the Lakers (easy there, Lakers fans! Don’t run away like LeBron’s hairline is running away from his face! That forehead is unbelievable! Haha)! Please restore my sight, Lord!
Sheldon (a grade-A hater): Man, would you shut up?! Jesus isn’t paying you any mind! Stop begging all of the time! That’s probably why you’re blind in the first place! You were probably begging for money and food, someone got tired of it, and he or she punched you dead in your face! Shut your trap NOW!!!!
*Bartimaeus doesn’t care what that sour pixie stick has to say (didn’t anyone ever teach Sheldon that bumping your gums gets you nowhere, God doesn’t like ugly (aardvark looking dirt rag. Haha), and you should treat others the way you want to be treated (the golden rule)?). He continues to beg for Jesus’s mercy and healing even louder now, and Jesus takes notice*
JESUS CHRIST (to his disciples): Call Bartimaeus over here. I want to talk to him.
The Disciples: Whatever you say, Lord! You’re the one signing our paychecks (their spiritual paychecks, that is. Haha He’ll help with actual money too, though. Haha)!
*Jesus’s disciples go over to Bartimaeus*
The Disciples: What’s up, Bartimaeus?! How’s it hanging, Bro?! Jesus would like a word with you. We’ll help you up and help you to walk over to him.
Bartimaeus: *he quickly springs up, y’all!* Thank you all so much! Hallelujah! Praise God! Jesus has heard my cries! I just want to see. I just want to see.
*The disciples take Bartimaeus to Jesus*
JESUS CHRIST: What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?
Bartimaeus (crying and shaking): Dear Lord, sweet Jesus, I just want to be able to see. I just want to be able to see my family and this beautiful world that God has blessed us with (erm, you’re talking to God in the flesh. Jesus is God’s son. Haha).
JESUS CHRIST: Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.
*Bartimaeus opens his eyes and-OH MY GOSH! He can see! He can see! He can see!*
Bartimaeus (hugging Jesus and crying tears of joy): Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! I can see! I can see! Praise God for the sunshine! Praise God for the blue sky! Praise God for your people (Hey, girl. What your name is? FOUL! Improper English and a corny pick-up line! Haha)! Praise God for everything! I can see! I can see! I can see! I will follow you the rest of my life, Jesus! You are the Messiah of the world!
JESUS CHRIST: You’re very welcome, dear Bartimaeus. It was my pleasure.
-Carletta (aka C.N.)