There’s a beautiful, subtle yet strong, inquisitive nature that children have. They believe, but they also ask ‘why?’ quite often. As a little girl, the answer to some of my questions were answered by ‘because I said so’. At the time it was valid, and then I grew up and formulated my own thoughts on the same.
Miss K loves Bible time. She often tries to connect the dots, and build on what she has previously learned. There are times that she stares at me in bewilderment. Case in point, a few weeks ago we read the story about Jesus leaving the ninety-nine sheep to look for the one that was lost. Right after we finished she asked me, “Mama, how is Jesus both the shepherd and the lamb?” This explanation took us down a rabbit hole maze. We started with a shepherd and a lamb and went back to heaven. One of the questions she asked also had me confused, because I had never thought about it like that. I told her that I’d have to confirm and get back to her. She giggled and said, “Let me guess, you are going to ask Jesus.” I smiled and said, “Yes, I’ll ask the Holy Spirit.”
What happens when two aspects of your faith come together but you can’t reconcile them? Do you question both, or accept one aspect instead of the other one?
One thing that this Covid-19 season has brought up is questions. Questions about life. Questions about faith. Questions about race. Questions about some of the things we have believed to be true but are now quaking at their foundations.
There are many people having a crisis of faith. Asking questions that cannot be answered by ‘because I said so’.
The best part of our faith is that we have a Helper, Comforter, Spirit of Wisdom and Counselor who can guide us to all truth. The Holy Spirit brings clarity in a way that only He can.
The pace of my quiet time has slowed down. I’m using Miss K’s lens as I interact with the Word. I am asking the questions “How does this fit in to what I know? What needs to go?” It doesn’t mean that I always leave with answer on the spot, but I have peace as I seek them.
I pray that as we seek we will find peace in the Lord. That as He speaks, we will move in obedience, swift obedience. That we will not trivialize the request, may it be a call, or a prayer, or giving in one way or another. That we be willing to obey He who sees all and knows all, without needing to clarify with our eyes. Ultimately, that the move of the Lord will be seen as, we, His hands and feet, do that which He instructs.