Monday, April 20, 2009

In Other Words--Who Has the Answers?


“Give yourself permission not to know and be satisfied knowing the One who does.”
by Joyce Meyer, “I Dare You"

Why did God choose to make grass green instead of blue?

I don't know, maybe green is his favourite colour.

Then does he like grass more than sky?

I don't know, but I don't really think he loves any part of his creation more than the rest.

Why do I have to wait until I grow up to know everything?

Baby, you will never know everything.

Then why do I want to know everything?

I don't know, maybe because God created us with lots of curiosity.

If you are a parent, you probably encounter a few dozen/hundred/thousand questions a day that you aren't quite sure of the answer (if you are a homeschooling parent this may be even more!). I have learned that it is perfectly okay to not know the answer. Somethings we may spend some time trying to find the answer (how long will it take for the peahen's eggs to hatch--28 to 30 days) while others I leave it with "that is how God made it." At six and four, my girls are pretty willing to accept that. Not always, but usually.

Not knowing the answers is part of being a child. There are some things that they are simply not ready to understand. I get that. So, not knowing the answers is not something I have really struggled against in my spiritual walk. I am okay not knowing the answers because I know who does.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
~Isaiah 55:9

There are times I pray persistently, "Lord, I know you have the answers, can you show me a glimpse of what is to come?" But mostly I'm content to wait.

That contentment has come over the years. The more I have experienced the blessing of his timing in my life, the easier it becomes to trust him with the next point of timing. In the relationship I am able to trust when he does not explain himself explicitely. Because I know, implicitely, that he cares for me and has my best in mind.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
~Jeremiah 29:11

Father, help me to live in the contentment of knowing that you hold all the answers. Flood me with a sense of your peace when I begin to try to control the timing of things in my life. May I reflect in my actions my trust in your character. Amen.

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Kristin said...

What a beautiful post MiPa!

Denise said...

I enjoyed this post dear, bless you.

Laurie Ann said...

Precious post. The contentment that comes is, I think, a marker of our deeply rooted faith and trust in Him. Didn't you love this quote? It was awesome!

Debbie said...

This is so good. I'm loving this quote and the unique way each of us has addressed it.

I love how you wrote "The more I have experienced the blessing of his timing in my life, the easier it becomes to trust him with the next point of timint."

Wow; what a good reason to journal too. I know when I write down I remember better. His timing is perfect and His ways are right but it does come down to TRUST.

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

Children ask the hardest questions, don't they. I was blessed by your words today.

Esthermay said...

OH! The children's questions!! Iiy Yi Yii!

I asked my little Selah yesterday, "If you didn't have any questions, they I guess I wouldn't have a job as a mom, would I?"
Isn't that the way it is with our All-Knowing God? What is the point of our existence if we DIDN'T have questions?
You are absolutely right that the contentment of not knowing comes with years.
. . . I was blessed by your words today as well!


Patricia said...

I liked your examples of questions and answers. It helped me to realize how silly my questions to God seem at times.

Rhonda said...

Now that was so good! Glad to find your blog!