• Chan Gin Kai

Lord, I Want To See

Chan Gin Kai

Luke 18:31-34

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

(Luke 18:31-34)

His desire was clear. He knew what he wanted, and nothing was going to stop him.

When the blind man heard that Jesus was in the vicinity, he knew his only chance had arrived. So he shouted, at the top of his voice. He was so loud that it annoyed the people. They rebuked him, but he was defiant. He embarrassed himself, but he didn’t care. He called out to Jesus for mercy, and he got Jesus’ attention.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

That’s better than winning the lottery. Imagine the Son of God asking you that question. The answer was obvious for this blind man…

“Lord, I want to see.”

Oh, the amazing joy he must have felt when Jesus healed his eyes! All the things he had missed… the beauty around him, the faces of his loved ones, even his own face. He saw clearly the things he had often bumped into and bruised him. And he finally saw Jesus too.

The answer may not be as obvious for us if Jesus asked us the same question. What would I wish for? I thought for a moment, and realise I want the same thing as the blind man too.

“Lord, I want to see.”

I thought about all the things I’ve been blind to, and pray that Jesus helps me to see:

I Want To See The Beauty Around Me

There is so much that’s bad in the world, but so much beauty too. We hear more about disasters than the heroes who rise in times of darkness. We read more about crimes than the repentance of the penitent. But we mustn’t lose faith in people, we must strive to see the good in the people around us.

I Want To See The People I Love

The people we see all the time are the ones we often ignore. The people we love the most are the ones we often take for granted. It is ironic, but so true. I am often blind to the love, support and many sacrifices that my loved ones make for me. I want to see and appreciate the people I love.

I Want To See Myself

There are failures I do not want to face, and weaknesses I do not want to admit. There are times I am blind to my sins, and ignore the hurts I have caused. Sometimes I choose to ignore my strengths too, blessings that God has given me and I have not appreciated.

I Want To See The Dangers Around Me

The world is a minefield for Christians. There are so many things that can tempt us, distract us and stumble us. We succumb to the allure of sin, trip over the deceit of Satan and fall for the trickery of manipulative people. I need to clearly see the obstacles that can hurt me.

I Want To See Jesus

He has sacrificed himself for me, and washed away my sins. I want to see him, and know him better. I also want to see his will for me, not just the journey he wants me to take, but also understand his reason. What does he want me to do? What can I do to serve him and his people?

We don’t realise how blind we are till we ponder deeper. There is so much that we fail to, or refuse to see. Pray for God to open our eyes.

“Lord, I want to see.”

Chan Gin Kai

Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. He serves actively in the Central Christian Church and describes himself as “just a sinner who wants to get right with God”.

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