I was reading in Mark today an interesting story that revealed two different sets of people's "wants".
The first set of people was Jesus' friends, James and John. The two guys approached Jesus on the sly and asked him for a favor. Jesus asked, "What is it that you want me to do for you?" James and John then pretty much asked Jesus for exclusive, front-row fame in Heaven.
The other 10 disciples, overhearing their request, understandably got ticked. But Jesus brought them all together and taught them that the 1st shall be last, and the last shall be 1st and so on and so forth.
But what was interesting to me was the very next scene in which they were all making their way into Jericho. As they were walking into the town together, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus began crying out for Jesus to help him. He continued to cry out louder and louder until Jesus summoned Bartimaeus to come to Him. Jesus then asked Bartimaeus the exact same question that He asked James and John in the scene before: "What is it that you want me to do for you?"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In front of the crowd, Bartimaeus simply asked Jesus to be able to see again.
Jesus healed Bartimaeus, and the healed beggar immediately and gratefully followed Jesus and his friends.
I wonder what James and John felt when they heard Jesus ask Bartimaeus the same question He had asked them a few moments before.
It made me thankful for Bartimaeus. It made me look more deeply and carefully at my own want list too.
Sunday journal pages in gouache.
What's on your "want list"?