“What do you want me to do for you?” Imagine that question to you, just you. Never mind the crowd who told you to be quiet. Never mind the past, how you got here, how long you have been beside the way. Jesus, standing still, waiting for you to come to him, asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“My teacher, let me see again.” Do you notice the shift? No longer does Bartimaeus call Jesus “Son of David,” he calls him Rabbouni, my teacher. Already his vision is restored. The honorary title has transformed to personal relationship. Salvation isn’t theoretical, it is actual. Jesus pronounces the transformation and immediately, newly and rightly seeing, Bartimeaus, no longer beside the way, follows Jesus on the way.
This is a call story and every call story is specific, personal, involving a new way of seeing. Once I was blind but now I see. It means moving from beside the way to on the way and only Jesus can bring about that change of status. As much as I may want to have that healing surgery that restores vision on behalf of another (my teenage children perhaps especially), I can’t. It just doesn’t work that way.