Two men sat on the ground listening to the chaotic excited and curious crowd.
The disciples and Jesus coming into town welcomed by onlookers, critics and seekers.
Two blind men gauged the steps of the approaching healer. They shouted for his notice.
Others told them to hush their mouths!
Their shouts continued.
They were blind.
Together they must have decided it’s worth a try.
I think I would have too; taken the risk, especially if a friend said “Let’s try. I’ll ask if you will. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This is our chance. Let’s do it! We might be healed! We might open our eyes and see!”
So, they likeminded, replied to the question from the mysterious healer.
“When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Matthew 20:32 NLT
They told Jesus they wanted to see.
And they were healed immediately.
We can go either way with our take on this and other Jesus stories.
We can recall prayers we prayed a long time ago that must not have made it high enough for healing, we suppose.
Or we can sit with this question, imagine ourselves in the presence of Jesus.
Hearing his question.
We can sit a little longer, we can maybe close our eyes and notice only the whirring sound of the room’s electrically run things.
We can notice the quiet as if something’s being offered and if the offering is waiting our taking or our forfeit.
We can sit even a little longer, our every day habitual journal, our little trinkets on the table lamplit, and we are still very quiet.
Settled amazement over this very question awaiting our own current answer.
We can take up our pencil and we might begin on a clean page without other requests, doodles or gratitude tracking.
We can begin this way.
Jesus, I want you to…
Then we can express our secret thing then, the thing others have no need to know or to tell you it’s ridiculous or unrealistic to request such things.
What do you want Jesus to do?
Then we can go on with our days knowing we encountered Jesus today.
When He asked, I answered in a paragraph or two and summed it up with believing.
Jesus I want you to help me believe and to follow where my belief is leading.
“Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.”
Matthew 20:33-34 NLT
Followed him to believing.