It all started with a question from a 10 year old girl: “God, if you teach me what all this is…then I will do whatever you want.”
Not your stereotypical (and actually rare) acceptance of Jesus as one’s personal Lord and Savior and spiritual transformation from sinner to saved.
Rather, more of a challenge…if God really “knew everything”, “controlled everything”, then God could teach this little girl – me – what all this really was. And if God could do that, then I would do whatever God wanted…
God wasn’t afraid of a girl asking to prove himself. Rather, it seems the more I ask questions, the more I get amazing answers: answers that lead to more questions.
Christ didn’t speak dictates to those who came with questions of their own. Christ told them stories, had them reflect on their lives, and let them decide for themselves. Some turned away. Some followed.
The generations that lived during and shortly after Christ’s journey on the Earth, still had questions. They answered them with multiple answers – various gospels, stories, letters, and other witnesses to God’s work in individual lives and the lives of communities. We continue to reconcile God’s Word as made flesh, desperately seeking answers.
But what if there are no easy answers? What if there are only more parables?
What if we can’t shift everything that is God and is of God into a few sentences, a few set beliefs, a few set rules?
Then how do we live?
With Love…with Patience…and with a Heart on God.
Gracious Lord, help us to not be afraid of asking questions. Help us see that it is through asking those very questions that we come to know You better. Help us to realize that You – the creator of everything – can never, and will never, be defined or limited by a set of human words. Amen.
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