Here’s a Monday morning question which is also a pretty positive kick-start for every day.
Jesus asks the blind man: “What do you want me to do for you?”
The question reminds me of the 1996 Spice Girls hit with its repetitive lyric: tell me what you want what you really really want…
Perhaps my problem as I begin a new day, a new week, is that I don’t know what I really want.
We might dream of the moment when a magician appears offering us three wishes and we fantasise about what we might ask for. But let’s remember that in magic what appears to happen doesn’t really happen. The woman doesn’t really get sawn in half and the rabbit is not created from nowhere.
Jesus is God-with-you, able to work miracles in you and for you.
Miracles always happen – visible at times only to the trained eye and heart. Miracles are often more subtle than magic gimmicks, and much more finely tuned to and timed for the needs of individuals and communities rather than (like magic) for the fleeting entertainment of an easily impressed and not-too-curious audience.
When Jesus asks you this morning: “what do you want me to do for you?” he is inviting you to lay your heart, your life, your need open before him.
Jesus is offering your heart’s desire, gazing directly at you and asking: What is it you want me to do for you,,, just name it … I will do it.
How do you respond?
I can try to think about what I want, what I think i need…
…or I can ask Jesus to reveal to me my heart’s desire, what it is that I really really want.
Let’s try that prayer today.