Why?

Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why do we have noses?

Children seem to be constantly asking questions. Some make sense while others seem utterly ridiculous but all of their questions serve a single purpose– to discover the world.

What if adults asked questions too? I mean really asked questions expecting actual answers that allow them to discover the world. I wonder how often we ask questions without listening for the real answer and how often we answer questions without giving a real answer. We answer questions with facts or a flippant “because” but how real are we with those around us. I wonder what would happen if we held onto that inquisitive nature that we had as children? What would our lives be like? What would our relationships be like? Stronger? Better? When we quit asking questions seeking a deeper answer we quit communicating and we quit trying to figure out the heart behind our loved ones. When we quit asking questions I think we quit giving answers.

Growing up in church I have often been told not to question God because that shows a lack of faith. Forget that! I say question God, but only if you’re really seeking an answer. Recently I have seen doors (that at the time seemed like great options) close firmly in my face and it sucked. That is until I began to ask God why, and I came to realize that every time a door has closed in my life it is because there is another door or even a window just around the corner that leads to something better. So ask God why. Ask him “what if”. Ask him the questions that you have, but expect an answer.

I hope that I can learn to ask as many questions as is necessary to begin to understand the heart of God. I pray that I never give up asking questions because questions help me to discover the world, God, others, my purpose in life.

Matthew 7:7-8

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

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