“My little children, these things I write to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.”1 John 2:1
My husband Perry has a saying whenever I am anxious or concerned about something: “Go Direct, Terri” – which is his way of saying “Pray about it!” If I’m being honest, he has had to say this phrase a lot to me lately!
Let’s be real – there have been a number of things to be concerned about in today’s world. Things we see every day are the pandemic, racial unrest, and an election make this year unlike anything I have ever remembered seeing. Then there are the personal issues under the surface. Things such as how our work environment and school environment are being changed to prevent this virus from spreading, loved ones having health issues, our elderly in the nursing homes…the list could continue for quite a while!
Isn’t it wonderful that we can go directly to God with our cares, our concerns, our hopes and our dreams? We don’t have to leave a message on an answering machine, or be put on hold until God can get back to us. We can “go direct” to God at anytime and wherever we are at.
This reminds me of the story of blind Bartimaeus found in Mark 10:46-52.
Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they *called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “ Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.Mark 10:46-52
We see that as soon as Bartimaeus knew that Jesus was passing by, Bartimaeus started crying out ‘Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me. Even though other people were trying to get him to be quiet, he cried out even more! Jesus in His mercy heard his cry and healed him.
Are there things in our lives that are stopping us from going directly to Jesus? Are there unconfessed sins, anxious thoughts, or even people who are trying to hinder us from going directly to Jesus? If so, be encouraged today that there is no pit too deep that God’s love cannot reach out and hear your plea to Him.
As my husband says, “Go Direct” – because the Savior is waiting with arms wide open.