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