The New Testament tells a wonderful story about a beggar who knew how to dream (Mark 10:46-52). Blind Bartimaeus sat on the side of the road, probably with a group of other unfortunate friends and professional beggars. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, he shouted toward Him…but not for money. Bartimaeus had an urgent request for something far more precious than money.
As Jesus, His disciples and a large crowd filled the road, blind Bartimaeus began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many, including his friends told him to be quiet and not make a spectacle of himself. His response was to shout even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He got the Lord’s attention. Stopping in front of the beggar, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Asking what no one else had ever requested of Christ, he said, “I want to see.” It had never been done before. In fact, it was taught that only God could restore sight. No optometrists or ophthalmologists were around. Eye surgery was unknown. But this man had an appointment with the Great Physician who made dreams come true for people willing to verbalize their heart’s desires. Here is a man with enough faith to dream more for himself than he had ever been encouraged to consider.
What is your dream? Is it more than you have ever been taught to consider for yourself? Is it a God-sized request or something you could arrange with a little ingenuity? I pray that God would develop within us the spiritual ability to desire what He has for us regardless of what expectations and limitations might satisfy those around us. Pray this prayer: “Oh God, call forth from within me the dream you desire to answer!”