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I am the Question-You are the Answer
by Mary @ Passage Through Grace

 

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Looking through the eyes of a 2 1/2 year old great niece on vacation was a lesson in self-discovery. Every few words or phrases were laced with “What’s that?” Questioning is the window to the world for a young child and not having been in a day to day situation with a toddler for years, I caught myself marveling at the process of discovery.

In the mind of a child, questioning leads to more questioning which opens up the world to him or her. The quest for answers is the end goal for us when we question, but for a toddler, many times one question leads to one piece of the puzzle that then leads to more questions. The end goal is not always to seek an answer. This process of discovery made me pause, step back and reflect on what this looks like in our journey to know God better.

Learning who we are and all about the world is a journey and the direction or path we take depends on the questions we ask, but more so on the answers we are given and the choices we make. Each step taken can look like a slow meandering, a blur of color as we rush onto the next thing or somewhere in between. The journey becomes clearer as the questions are answered or muddled as we impatiently make choices without waiting for the answer. Following the example of a 2 1/2 year old could serve us well.

Our faith journey is a path to discovery. We are the questions – working through a process of finding the answers. God is the answer but our questions do not always lead us to Him. We were given free will and this ability to make choices can take us in so many directions. Our questioning leads to understanding which can lead to more questions because God does not fit into a neat box. But God treasures us – His children full of questions- and desires for the path to discovery to lead to Him – our ultimate answer.

The trick is where we place our focus along the way. Are our questions leading to more questions and are the choices we are making life-giving and honorable to God? Are the questions being asked with one goal in mind-get to the answer as quickly as we can no matter what that looks like? If the purpose of our questioning is to know more, then choosing the steady and sure path seems the way to go. Slow and steady wins the race and leads us to a deeper understanding of God – our “I AM”.

God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”  (Exodus 3:14)

In Holley Gerth’s book “You’re Going to be Okay-Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on Hard Days“, she talks about being faithful in prayer by allowing God to enter and become part of your circumstances instead of trying to fix it yourself. She references to 2 Chronicles 20:12 – “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” This verse describes perfectly where our focus should be as we struggle with the questions on our hunt for all the answers. Holley shares a truth that we need to hold onto in our ultimate quest for God. She says,

“We don’t have to know the answers. We don’t have to have things figured out. All we really need to know is where to focus.”

I visibly blew out the breath I was holding with that reminder. The reassurance of those few words felt like something I could manage even when the answers are still fuzzy and the way is not clear.

Remember there is joy in the discovery as well as challenges, heartache and ups and downs. Staying focused along the way will lead you to the answer – which will lead you to God. There is such peace in the discovery and such questioning in the process. Remember you are the question but God is the answer!

A Verse to Ponder:

“But let me tell you, Job, you’re wrong, dead wrong!
God is far greater than any human.
So how dare you haul him into court,
and then complain that he won’t answer your charges?
God always answers, one way or another,
even when people don’t recognize his presence.  (Job 33:12-14 MSG)

Keep asking questions and know that it is in God where we will find the answers!

MaryMary Geisen is the momma of two amazing, grown sons, blessed to be a teacher of 3rd graders from August to sometime in June each year and a woman seeking God in the ordinary routines of life. Lover of the beach, coffee and long walks outside are coupled with a love for all children resulting in a momma tiger advocacy to let them know they are loved. God’s story for her life blossomed into written words that begged to be shared with others. The power of God’s words has inspired her journey of healing and drawing closer to God through the power of grace.  Stop by Passage Through Grace and say “hello”. You can also join her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Holly Barrett
    July 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Some days I walk through the day just repeating, “All eyes are on you, Lord; all eyes are on you.” He is our hope, our strength, our answer to every question. Mary, this is a beautiful post. So grateful to you and to Barbie for sharing it with us today!
    Holly Barrett recently posted..What inspires you?

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    Ginger Harrington
    July 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I have been reading and reflecting on several of these passages earlier today. I must have needed to read them a little more. Love the way you put this,.
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    Ashley
    July 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Oh yes yes yes!!! Nodded through all of this. Beautiful writing!!!
    Ashley recently posted..Where You Matter Most {and its NOT where you think}

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    Heather @40YearWanderer
    July 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Mary,
    I love how you state so simply and eloquently the truth that God has taught you. Your words comfort the soul. ❤️
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    Created Well
    July 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    “she talks about being faithful in prayer by allowing God to enter and become part of your circumstances instead of trying to fix it yourself. She references to 2 Chronicles 20:12 – “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” This verse describes perfectly where our focus should be as we struggle with the questions on our hunt for all the answers. ”

    This right here struck my heart. This is like, sit with this during devotional time stuff for me. I am a fixer. I am a doer. I am not a let-someone-else–handle-it-er….yes, even if that someone is God. I’m getting better, but not where I want to be with my yieldedness. I’ve learned for so many years I have to do it myself or it won’t get done. I have to find the solution or it won’t be found. I’m responsible for it all – but I’m having to unlearn that and trust God in new ways. Thank you for this!

    • Reply
      Mary Geisen
      July 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

      So glad you stopped by! Letting someone else enter our messy and then trusting them to fix it-whew! I know what you mean! It is so hard but amazing when we learn that God is in charge and He loves us so much and wants to help fix our messy! Blessings to you!
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