“Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.’ ” Mark 10:48-49
Mark calls the blind man, Bartimaeus, and he emphasizes that the man is the son of Timaeus. And that’s what Bartimaeus means; the son of Timaeus. Given this emphasis it’s entirely possible that we don’t actually know the blind man’s given name. It’s even possible that he wasn’t really ever given a name. People just called him the son of Timaeus.
Considering that he was a man that had been born blind and given the prevailing attitudes of people toward those who had been born blind, or deaf, or crippled, it’s understandable that, perhaps, his parents had decided to not make the investment of giving a name to him. Why give a name to someone who will always be just a blind nobody?
If you think about it, all of us, in the grand scheme of things, are really know better than blind nobodies. How much do we really see? How much do we really know? How significant are the things we accomplish in the short span of years or lives occupy? In a hundred years who will know our names?
But when you think about Jesus you realize that all of the questions I’ve just recorded are of even less significance. Jesus doesn’t grant his attention to us because of how important we are or because historians will remember our names; Jesus turns his ear to hear our cry and his eyes to see our needs because he loves us.
Cry out to Jesus. With persistence, cry out to Jesus.
Just as surely as Bartimaeus heard the words you’ll hear them, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”