Editor: Please enjoy the story for what it is, and don't be distracted
by the non-American style of English.
He woke up one fine morning. He heard the chipping birds in the dew drop
trees and plants with beautiful flowers but he was not able to see. Then
he heard the morning bell from the church near by still he could not see.
Yes, he is a born blind. Thank God he was able to hear the sound.
He heard a small boy's voice saying, "what a pleasant morning" but
he, could not make any difference for the day and the night is the same
for him. Then he heard a man saying to his neighbor "Ain't you coming to
church this morning", and continued, "the day is beautiful and the church
is decorated with great tidings for the son of David, JESUS is coming
today". His mind was thinking about the beauty of the day. "What is
beauty?" Said he, to himself. For he know not what it is.
After a while, he heard a couple of by passers talking to each other
about the new pieces of dress materials available in the market. The
colors, make and the model, by then he were thinking about the variety
they were talking which he can't see. He called them and asked about the
price, they laughed at him and said, "Do blind need a garment of rich and
That afternoon he was sitting in the place where his friends left
him. He started his daily job for his life; he had to beg. He heard
strange noises of cry and troubled people. He then said, " Will somebody
help me". His eyes were filled with tears and the drops running down his
cheeks. Within him he heard, "You blind one, whom do you think you are?
You are supposed to beg not cry for you are a born blind beggar."
While he was thinking about his poverty stricken life he heard the
church clergyman say, "the beggars please go aside for JESUS son of David
is coming today". Then ordered the workers to clean the place. He asked
the one beside him, "Who is this JESUS? Is he a man from Kings court"?
"No" said the one next to him, "I heard that he preach the truth of
salvation". Then he said, "If so can we get to HIM and ask the way for our
salvation". The man next to him said, "Are you crazy"? Only the church and
the people from higher authorities can approach him. You know who you are,
a good for nothing blind man."
During the evening he heard a group of people singing, "Hosanna"
meaning the kingdom of God is at hand. Now he became very curious, "Why do
they sing about the Kingdom of God"? He shouted. Another man near by said,
"Don't you know about JESUS the son of David. He claims to be the Son of
the living God and he does miracles. People surround him all the time.
Today he is visiting our church which they feel as a great honor". "Can I
meet him"? Asked he. "May be or may be not for I am trying to see him for
The crowd became restless and he heard the people shouting "JESUS,
JESUS". The blind man was at the back of the courtyard and was able to
know only through the comments of the people nearby, one said, "He healed
the sick" another one said, "he casted out demons" the third member of the
group said, "He fed the poor". This time he asked, "Did he saw the need
for the poor? If so I am poor why can't he see me"? No body even bothered
to answer him.
Suddenly there was a change in program of JESUS. HE is not visiting
the church he is going to Jerusalem for He is running short of time. The
crowd then started pushing him and going towards Jesus. He heard the
roaring sound of the great multitude. In his heart he heard, "Why not ask
this Jesus for help? He hears the poor". With the energy he had he shouted
aloud, "Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me". The one nearby took hold of
him and said, "Are you crazy? Do you know what you are up to? You please
shut up and sit down". More people from the church rushed towards him and
asked him to keep quite, not to disturb Jesus for he is running short of
time. Then again he heard the crowed crying, "Long live the King, for he
knows the need of the poor". This time he said to himself, "If HE hears
the need of the poor, then I am a poor in the world and now I have a need"
With all his strength he said, " Son of David have mercy upon me."
The crowd stopped, the cry stopped and it was still. This time he
heard nothing. With mild voice he said, "Have I done something wrong? Why
is the place so quiet"? Two men came nearby and said, "Come with us". He
said, "Sir, please forgive me if I have done something wrong for I am a
poor blind beggar". He heard, "Bartimaeus, What do you want me to do for
Who is this? He heard "THE VOICE". The voice, which healed the sick,
the voice that cast out demons, and the voice that spoke the word and the
voice by itself is the word now in Flesh. Bartimaeus was full of
surprises. "Jesus, is this you the Son of David"? Jesus said, "What do you
want me to do for you"? He heard, he heard the voice of the living God,
the salvation of his life and the future of his life. He heard the one who
could answer to his need. He heard the one who will listen to him and not
mock at him. He heard the one who will make him to see and not feel him to
see. Now it is time for him to talk to the one who is everything. With
great courage in his mind he said, "Master, let me see."
He heard for the last time in his life with blindness, "You may go;
your faith has healed you". His eyes were opened for the first time. As he
was coming out from his mother's womb and giving out his first breath in
the earth, he now opens his first sight and sees the King of Kings. He now
saw; saw the beauty standing in front of him with a smile that will not go
away from his sight. He heard the crowd again, "Praise be to the King"
from within he, shouted, "Praise be to Jesus, Son of Man for now I know
for sure he is God."
The night came by, he heard the pastor reading from the book of
Genesis "Look up to the stars". He looked up to the stars for the first
time in his life and remembered the story of Abraham's faith. He heard the
voice within him saying, "I bet you know, what is faith by this time".
With a smile in his face and tears in his eyes he looked up to the heaven
and said, "It is worth being a blind". He heard the voice from heaven
above, "Well done my son, well done."
[ Author VGS Rajesh -- submitted by Caroline Naoroji ]
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