She’s learning to ride her scooter. Her big goal is to ride her bike on two wheels just like her brother recently started doing.
So, she’s working on her balance. And she’s working on her confidence. She is five and learning to ride her bike is a big step. In her growing, expanding world, the two wheeled bike is big and scary. It is something she’s never experienced before.
So she needs me on the sideline. She needs to know I believe in her. She needs to hear that I am present and ready just in case she falls.
And so I cheer.
And she reminds me that she needs my cheers.
I love that about her. I love her boldness. I love that she knows that I want to help her succeed.
So she asks. Actually, she demands that I cheer her on. She knows what she needs. She knows what she wants.
It reminds me of an interaction Jesus had with two blind men (Matthew 20:29-34).
A large crowd was following Jesus and these two guys on the side of the road were shouting “Lord, Son of David, Have mercy on us!”. And the crowds were irritated with them, shushing them, trying to get them to be quiet. And yet they boldly called louder for Jesus’ attention.
I love Jesus’ response.
“What do you want me to do for you?”
And they tell him.
“We want our sight.”
They know what they want. They know who Jesus is. They know what he can do for them.
So they ask. Actually, they demand. Their statement is bold.
And Jesus responds. Because that is what Jesus does.
“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”–Matthew 20:34
My daughter knows what she needs from me. So she tells me. And I cheer. With love and compassion. That’s what fathers do.
May we approach Jesus in the same way.
We know what we need from him. So we tell him. And he responds. With love and compassion. That’s what Jesus does.
“What do you want me to do for you?”–Jesus