Saturday evening falls quietly these days. I think that may be true for many, many adults if this is not your “date night.” You’ve finished much of what you wanted to accomplish on this weekend day, and the rest of the family has settled down for their choice of evening activities. The week is coming to a close, and things are quieting down for a little while.
In times like this, inner thoughts come a little closer to the surface. We sometimes hardly dare pay attention to little questions like….
…..What do you want? (Whaddya want? in today’s title) Are you happy? What would be on your Top Ten List of things that would make you feel satisfied and content?
I think we have a few desires in common. Love, to feel loved, would be pretty high on our list. Inner Peace. Friendship, companionship, safety and security. Approval. Yeah, we need a sense of approval, a sense that we are on the right track or at least we know we’re getting there. Competence; the sense that we are competent to order our world and to make corrections when necessary.
Those kinds of things.
Personally, there is a spiritual dimension to all those things on my list. Love from God and for God; Peace with God; His companionship and friendship; the grace to want to make things right with God as I go along, and the means to do so, etc….
I think Random Thoughts from The Spruce Tunnel during this coming week will have two orientations, the usual, ordinary everyday world around me, and also the spiritual as I get ready for Easter.
So the title of today’s posting, Day minus 9, is a countdown, the ninth day before our Easter celebration, using the common cultural term for the day of Resurrection. What exactly did happen each day of the last week of Jesus on this earth?
Well, I wrote much about what happened in the couple days before the first Palm Sunday, “The Worst Kind of Blindness.” What we remember from this day is the healing of the blind men on the Jericho Road, specifically the one named Bartimaeus.
To follow up on my Top Ten Most Wanted list question above, I was just “randomly thinking” today how strange it is that when Jesus came to a sudden stop in his walk and confronted the very persistent blind Bartimaeus, He asked him ‘What do you want?”
Well. Of course. The man is blind. The Man is the Son of God, known to work have worked miracles. And Bartimaeus’s answer is — Oh, I don’t know….just sitting here on the side of the road…typical Saturday night….nothing out of the ordinary…. hadn’t thought about it….
Well, no. Bartamaeus knew his need. I need to see. I want to see. And Jesus gave him his sight.
But there’s a spiritual dimension to the timing of this miracle; it’s a kind of introduction to the week that is to follow. The funny thing is, the closest, most faithful disciples of Jesus went through this week with Jesus….but they didn’t catch on to the lesson of the timing of this miracle. They would have to learn the hard way that each of the events that they “saw” in Jerusalem during what we now call Holy Week took place in ordinary times and places, but there is another kind of “sight” waiting to be opened in them…and in us.
But, first, it would be helpful if we knew what we wanted, knew what we needed, and like Bartamaeus, knew Who can satisfy every need on our list.