I’ve never been big into Valentine’s Day. I’m sure this indifference for the “day of love” stems from my childhood and listening to my dad always say that it’s just a day for card companies like Hallmark to get rich.
Yet, each year, I still have this desire to pick up my son’s favorite candy for him. This morning, I hid a bag of Sour Patches and a cookies and cream chocolate bar behind my back in both my hands and told him to “pick a hand.” He picked the left hand and I handed him the Sour Patches. I asked him to pick another hand. He picked the right hand but, by then, I had moved the chocolate bar to my left hand. I asked him to pick another hand and he picked the left hand again. I revealed the chocolate bar and handed it to him. Then, my son asked me if I happened to have anymore hands behind my back. 😉
For some reason, while I took my dogs for their morning walk and thought more about this particular day on the calendar, the question Jesus once asked a blind beggar came to mind. Jesus was walking along with his disciples and this man kept crying out to him. When the crowd around him told the man to be quiet, he cried out even more. He caused such a commotion that Jesus commanded the man be brought to him. “When he drew near, He asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Luke 18:40-41)
The man responded, “Lord, I want to see!” (v 41)
As I thought about this interaction, the more I realized that it’s such an appropriate story for the “day of love”. Whenever I read this account, I try to imagine how this scene played out. I can see the humble, persistent, desperate expression all over this blind man’s face. I can picture him standing in front of Jesus with tears rolling down his cheeks, his lips quivering as he answers Jesus’ question. “Lord, I want to see!”
I don’t know if I can think of anything more loving for the “day of love” than this. Whether we realize it or not, at the core of all our requests, of all our deepest longings, is this desperate desire to see. Each of us longs to leave the darkness behind and live in the glorious light of truth and grace! This is the love story of Jesus. He hears our cries and meets us in our dark worlds and asks us “What do you want Me to do for you?