Prays Together: One in the Crowd, a poem based on Mark 10:46-52

By Justin Torossian

I’ll never forget the voice that I heard
Shouting aloud, crying out to the Lord…
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The words rang in our ears, Bartimaeus’ plea.

Some in the crowd tried to quiet him down,
“Shut up!” “Be quiet,” He might leave from our town.
But the more that they tried, the louder he cried,
Till his voice reached the ears of the One passing by.

And then…to our shock, Jesus came to a stop.
All was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.
He looked in his direction, and then gave the instruction…
“Bring him to me, bring him here.”
Bartimaeus, be of good cheer! (vs. 49)

Rise, He is calling for you!”
“Take him close, see what Jesus will do!”
Then throwing aside the only thing
That would keep Bartimaeus from the presence of the King,

They helped him up, walked him over…we weren’t sure what could be
Done for this man who for years hadn’t seen.
With that voice of compassion & love through and through,
Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” (vs. 51a)

Then came the reply, “Dear Master, Rabboni…
That I could regain my sight and could see! (vs. 51b)
I’d seen Him heal fevers & cast demons out…
But there, for a moment, I was tempted to doubt.

But before I could wonder what Jesus might do,
He said, “Go your way, your faith has saved you!”
Straight away his eyes opened, Bartimaeus could see!
No more a blind beggar on the street would he be.

A joy beyond words seemed to shine from his face…
The presence of Heaven came down, filled that place.
With amazement, exuberant smiles all around,
Some fell to our knees…we were on holy ground.

Bartimaeus followed Jesus, but so differently
Than those of us in the crowd who could see.
O how I wish that Jesus asked me
What my desire of a miracle would be…

He call Bartimaeus that day?
Of course…because he shouted and prayed!
He cried out for help, he wouldn’t give up…
He knew Jesus could heal, and this was enough

Of a reason for him to call out in faith
To the One whom the wind and the waves did obey
What’s stopping me from hearing those words,
“What do you desire?” from the lips of the Lord?

If I don’t feel my need, or don’t have the faith
Or am scared to pray boldly because I feel safe
Where I’m at, comfortable, poor and blind spiritually…
I can never expect Jesus to help me to see.

Are you tired of being just one in the crowd?
That’s following the Lord but never crying aloud,
“Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Dear Master, Rabboni, please help me to see!”

So Lord, now I come…recognizing my need
To receive sight again, from sin’s chains to be freed
May I call out each day
With bold prayers of faith

And may the song of my heart ever be…
Pass ME not, Oh Gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry…
While on others (Bartimaeuses) Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

— One in the Crowd

Justin Torossian is pastor at the Armona Seventh Day Adventist Church in Armona. He may be reached at pastorjustint@cccsda.org by calling 559-909-0965.

Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church. 

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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