The following story inspired me. I thought that it could also inspire you!!
“The crowd … told him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly” – Mark 10:48
5 frogs fell into a pit and as they were struggling to jump out many other frogs came and surrounded the pit. They started shouting the pit is too deep you can’t make it, you can’t do it, don’t even try, just stay there, save you strength, why waste time, you are good as dead ….
4 of the frogs stopped trying but one little frog tried harder and harder and to everyone’s amazement it jumped out. When this little frog was out it said to the frogs which were outside the pit “thank you for encouraging me”.
The other frogs then realised that this little frog was DEAF. It didn’t hear what they were saying.
As Bartimaeus called to Jesus, the crowd, maybe including Jesus’ disciples, tried to stop him. They thought he was disturbing Jesus on his journey. But, the Scriptures say, “he shouted even louder”.
Bartimaeus shut his ears from discouraging words. To make it in life we need at times to be deaf to the crowd and focus on our goal.
It was easy for people to silence Bartimaeus because they didn’t know what it means to be blind. What it means to stay by the road side. What it means to beg.
My dear friend, today Bartimaeus and the little frog are saying, don’t let people who are not in your situation silence you. You are the one who knows the challenges you are going through. You are the one who knows your problem.
Don’t be silenced by those who have both parents and don’t know what it means to be an orphan.
Don’t be silenced by those who still have their spouses and don’t know what it means to be a widow or to be divorced.
Don’t be silenced by those who don’t know what it means to be a single mother.
Don’t be silenced by those who have faithful husbands/wives and don’t know what it means to be cheated.
Don’t be silenced by those who have children, and don’t know the pains of barrenness. Don’t be silenced by those who have obedient children and don’t know how it feels to have rebellious kids …
Don’t be silenced …
The list is endless!
You are the one in the painful situation. You know it better, cry out loud today to Jesus till he stops and calls out for you.
Don’t be silenced.