The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap…” 1st Samuel 2:7,8

The beggar in the ash heap can’t be choosy. He just needs mercy. Mercy. The Lord will lift him out of the ash heap in His time, using His methods. Take the example of the two blind men that Matthew wrote about in chapter 20:29-34:

Languishing in their ash heap of blindness, rejection, poverty and helplessness, the two beggars cried out to Jesus for mercy. Mercy. That’s all they asked for! They caused quite an uproar in the crowd that was following Christ, who promptly and unsuccessfully tried to hush the beggars. In response, the beggars cried out more desperately, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

Because the beggars were not choosers, they didn’t demand “NOW”. They didn’t tell Jesus “HOW”.

In their desperation, they simply cried out to the Giver of mercy…for mercy. That request stopped Jesus in His tracks. Knowing exactly what the blind beggars wanted, He asked them anyway, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They replied “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”

The Giver of mercy, Jesus, had compassion on them, touched their eyes “and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”

Our ash heap may be loss, disappointment, separation or any situation that pierces our heart with pain. No matter what our personal ash heap is, when we find ourselves in it, begging for God’s mercy, let’s not be choosers. Let’s take the example of the two blind men: simply cry out to Him without any demands and trust that our God, who is rich in mercy and full of compassion, will do exactly what only He can do: lift us from the ash heap.



  1. Amen! Lord, open our eyes.


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