A Journey of Living from Glory to Glory

When You’re All Alone, There is Someone!

When the darkest night is closing in and the slightest glimmer escapes;

When despair and heartache are familiar companions;

And your heart of stone is unwelcome—for no heart at all would be better than the pain you’re feeling;

When you’re touching “can’t care anymore” because numbness has overtaken your dying emotions;

And hope caught the last train out of your emptiness;

When you’ve tried so many times but end up worse;

And you simply want to go back; A time, a place that was simpler; better;

When you’re all alone, a life desolate; There is Someone!

When you’ve given up on living on the other side; The impassable canyon between your reality and where you thought you’d be;

You have been overtaken by circumstances, trials, tribulations, entanglements, and hopelessness; You’re captured; Taken;

When the fruit of your life lies as lifeless pits on the barren ground;

And your faith is dazed; It’s not really faith anymore;

Does God even want to help?  How can God fix what you’ve wrought?

Did you misunderstand God?  Did He misunderstand you?  Is He nowhere?

When you’re all alone, a life relinquished; There is Someone!

“But you’re not alone, for I AM here,” says the Lord.  “I long to hold you in My arms.  I long to press your head to My chest; Can you hear me breathe? Can you feel My heartbeat?  It is My Spirit, My harmony woven with you, My love. 

“I long to dry your tears; to show you the Light of My Hope; My Joy; My Peace.  I long to deliver you from your suffering.

“I AM calling you by name; Hear Me; Your name is Delight; Your name is Elation; Your name is Wonderful; For as you are in Me and I AM in you, you and I share My Name. Call back to Me; What do you want Me to do for you?” says the Lord.

Will Jesus respond to you?

Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

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.”

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” 

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:46-52 – NKJV)

I say again; What do you want Me to do for you?” Says the Lord.


Artist:Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

How can a blind beggar catch the attention of the Messiah?  He, with his lifetime of begging, like dogs beg, living in despair; isolated from comfort, devoid of good things, and seeing only darkness. He was poor, shunned, incurable and without hope.  The fruit of his life so easily displayed as the beggar’s robe that hung loosely off his sinking shoulders. Where was God?  Did He even care?

But the Creator of the Universe stopped everything.  He heard the voice of the one crying out for The Healer; The Deliverer; The Savior.  He could have walked on; Perhaps tossed a few coins his way.  But that’s not what Jesus does.  He responds to faith.  He said “bring him to Me.”  And then, as He did so many times already, shook heaven and hell once again; He said “What do you want Me to do for you?

How can this be? God asks us how He could serve!?

How wonderful that the King seeks to serve His creation!  How deep the love; How unfathomable the compassion; How profound the kindness of Lord—He waits on us to ask Him to serve!

But there’s more.  Even before the Lord of All was to ask such a stunning question, Bartimaeus threw off his beggar’s robe.  You see, in that society beggars were not allowed to beg for a living unless given permission by the local authorities.  They were issued a robe of a specific type and perhaps color that signified their status as an official beggar.  Bartimaeus was likely one of these unfortunate “low life” people, easily identified as less than human, gutter crawling filth.

None of this mattered to Bartimaeus when the greatest opportunity of his life strolled by one afternoon.  Knowing that Jesus could deliver him out of his circumstance, Bartimaeus immediately shed the garment of blindness, lack, poverty, and despair that branded his unfit life.  He took it off, right in front of the One who could change his universe of shame.  Instead, he wanted the raiment of a King of kings; To be clad in glory, freedom, deliverance, and sight!

So let me ask you my friend.  If, like me, you’re still wearing the robe of a beggar; If you can’t seem to peel off the years of sickness, poverty, lack, oppression, and despair; If your identity of desolation, hopelessness, and anguish is still wrapped tightly around your shoulders; Then now is the time to rise up, to boldly stand before the Lord and call out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

He’s waiting for you to cry out.  And when you do, know that He will do for you what He did for Bartimaeus—for He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11), meaning that He doesn’t play favorites.  What He does for one person He will do for you.  Expect and hear Him asking you, “What do you want Me to do for you?

What will be your answer?  Is it healing you need?  Are you living in a state of disease?  Perhaps you’re suffering financial disaster and lack.  Tell Him what you want Him to do!

Are you facing a tough family situation—perhaps separation or divorce?  Are family relations in need of restoration?  Have you been hurt, deep down inside, by the actions of another?  Tell Him what you want Him to do!

Do you feel like you’re in bondage to addictions—perhaps alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, deviations, work, fear, stress, lust?  Are you craving things that you shouldn’t?  Tell Him what you want Him to do!

He’s waiting.  I have many requests myself.  I have many needs.  I’m making them known to Him.  How about you?

It is indeed the sweetest voice that’s calling your name!  “What do you want Me to do for you?

When you simply cry out to Him, He will hear your cry.  You’re not alone.

You’re Not Alone (Video and Song by Meredith Andrews)

Blog content, except for illustration, video, and Scripture Copyright © 2011, Craig Tanner;  Scripture: The New King James Version (NKJV). (1996). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

3 responses

  1. God is always there when we need him, and I believe you have put this quite clear for everyone who still hasn’t realized this. 🙂

    December 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    • Thank you for your insight. God reminds us over and over that He is with us. It seems to be the hardest thing to believe when we are taking ourselves down paths on which we do not belong. I’m putting myself on His path–once and for all–the others are leading me to destruction.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

  2. I’m so thankful for a God that can take our “Universe of Shame” , things of the past, and ABOLISH it once and for all!!! Satan loses!!!
    This devotional study was beautiful, healing, powerful and encouraging! I’m not letting go of the hand of JESUS,my HEALER,REDEEMER!! Amen & Hallelujah!!!!

    May 12, 2015 at 6:05 pm

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