What do you want me to do for you?

March 12, 2021

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

Mark 10:51-52

Does anyone else find it a bit funny (funny strange, not funny haha) that this is the question Jesus asked a blind man.  A man who cannot see. 

It strikes me as I read this story – which is recorded in all four gospels – that it’s really obvious. I find myself thing ‘duh Jesus’ isn’t it apparent what this man wants. 

Why didn’t He just swoop in and heal the man? Shock his socks off, blow his mind, take him by surprise and show him and everyone else how awesome He was.

And yet, as we continue to navigate this collective trauma, I’ve begun to hear this question in a new way. 

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ 

Do you hear it? the compassion, the grace, the vulnerability… the care and the process Jesus is choosing to walk…the invitation to participation in the miracle and in the fixing. 

One of the biggest, most revealing things I’ve learnt as I’ve been training to be a coach is realising that I am not the expert on other people’s stuff, that the answer I might think is the ‘right’ one, might not be the right one for the person sitting in front of me. And what I’ve realised is that this approach gifts so much dignity and empowerment to the other person. That so often they are able to journey towards the solution as they start to articulate their own needs. 

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ 

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ 

But Jesus surely does know the right thing. And yet, He still offers a question – and in offering that question I’ve begun to see the dignity and freedom that is encouraged and given. It also encourages vulnerability and responsibility – the blind man had to own his issue and articulate it to Jesus.  

What depth and love is increased in a space when someone shares with you what they need, it’s a privilege not a burden. 

So I’m left wondering what is my response to Jesus today? Am I bold & trusting enough to participate with Jesus? Realising though He is the God of miracles, He’s also the God of the conversation and the journey. 

What do you want me to do for you?

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