A Matter of Perspective

Steven Laman

READ : Mark 10:35-40

“You don’t know what you are asking for,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup of suffering I drink? Or can you go through the baptism of suffering I must go through?” (v. 38 nirv)

When young boys see me in my electric wheelchair, they occasionally make a comment like, “Cool! It would be awesome to speed around in that thing every day!” I can see where they would find “joy riding” in a chair fun for a while, but from the perspective of a wheelchair user, I also know that the novelty would quickly fade away and they would soon long to run again.

We like to think we know what is the best answer to our prayers, but Jesus has a much better perspective. He filters our requests through his eternal eyes to determine what is best. When James and John asked the Lord about sitting next to him in the places of honor, they thought it was the perfect plan. They even thought they could endure what Jesus was about to face, but he knew differently. In response Jesus said, “You don’t know what you are asking for.”

Often we don’t know what we are asking for either. I am so grateful that Jesus doesn’t just rubber stamp our prayers. Instead, he uses his wisdom to determine the best answer.


Lord, help me to always trust in your judgment and perspective.