When Jesus Stood Still

The Son of man must go as it was written:
Be mocked and scourged in agony must die;
Steadfast He set His face toward shame and spitting,
Yet could He halt at Bartimaeus’ cry.

This too was written; from the world’s foundation
It was ordained that here the two should meet,
That at the wayside beggar’s prayer for mercy
The Son God just here should stay His feet.

No powers of earth or hell can change His purpose,
Or turn aside the thing He hath decreed;
All things concerning Him must be accomplished –
So must He hear the sinner’s cry of need.

So must He hearken unto thee who trusts Him,
This too concerns Him, for He loveth thee;
Come thou in faith, the world of doubt defying,
And all that doubting world must wait thy plea.

Annie Johnson Flint

Mark 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.


photos and graphics by Mary Stephens
vintage graphic: source unknown
posted Feb. 2020; CA