We need to understand that true happiness (joy) is from our relationship with Christ. That it is OK to feel sad sometimes; even Jesus felt sadness, but this is based on our situation and not what's inside. Yes, Bartimaeus should have been cheerful as Jesus was asking for him, however, when you are stuck (spinning), you get so used to that life that joy seems to be unreachable. We do need reminders that Christ brings us the joy. Joy based on our relationship with Him.

Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
— Mark 10:49-50

5. When Jesus calls us to do things, we must not only be ready but excited because of what is coming.
Have you ever been in a situation where God is calling you to do something outside your comfort zone? Maybe it's talking to someone about your faith, teaching a Sunday school class, or going on a missions trip. You kind of just freeze up. "Oh God, I can't do that ... I don't know how to do that." Well, God says yes! He will equip us. We need to remember that God is still in control. He knows everything about us. He knows what we can handle and what we can't. He wants us to rely on Him and His guidance, His training, and His provision.

Yes, being stretched is hard sometimes. There is a huge amount of fear, but like Bartimaeus there can also be a huge amount of joy. It can take us places we never could have imagined on our own.

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
— Hebrews 13:20-22


6. We need to be clear about what we want from God.
I used to ask God for all kinds of things, all the time. "Oh Lord, please bring me this special person" or "God, I want a new car so badly" or "God, please help me get along with my brother." What I need to be asking for is for God's will, whichever way it turns out. Just asking God for someone special could be a personal disaster in my life. I had one of those and yes, he was special but was living a double life. Oh and yes, I could use a new car but I can't afford the payments. So, I could have gotten a little more specific and said, “God, I want a new car and no payments” (which could happen). It’s just that getting a new car doesn't fix things. I could go into huge debt. Then, asking the Lord to get along with my brother wasn't going to solve the real issues that we have. The prayer needed to be for him to know Jesus. If he could know Jesus, in time, God would bring us together.

Do you see what I mean about being specific of what you are asking God? Bartimaeus was asked by Jesus, "What do you want me to do for you?" Now Bartimaeus could have said, "Give me something to eat" or "I could use some money." This would have solved the immediate need, but long-term it wouldn't change the real need which was to have his sight.

So what have you been asking God for? Do you need to change what you are asking? Do you need to stop asking for some things? Do you need to stop thinking of yourself and think of what is best for others?

Yes, I still drive the same car, and I haven't met Mr. Right yet.  But what is wonderful is that my relationship with my brother has greatly improved. He knows the Lord now, and as a result we have an open door of conversation. We have found common ground. As we both grow, God is growing us together. Isn't that what it’s all about? Growing in Christ to be more like Christ to share with others about Christ.

What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
— Mark 10:51