Questions can be tough, brutal in fact! At times there are no answers. On other occasions the answers are embarrassing. Sometimes the dialogue is simply frustrating. In spite of this, there is no substitution for resolving gaps in a dialogue. Simply put, questions are a key part of the human experience.
I find myself not asking enough questions. It is as if I don’t want anyone to know that I don’t know. When I was young I was the kid next door. “Why?” was the normal response to every statement. I realized as I grew older how much people disliked questions so at some point I stopped. Everything quickly began to change. I wandered around lost far longer than I needed to. I worked on projects that didn’t need to be done while missing key assignments in critical areas. I even acted on presumptions instead of getting to the heart of the matter. As I reflect I find that I’m not alone in this. It is as if I am wondering in a fog, oblivious that there are many walking along as lost as I am! Nothing is quite as it appears. Everyone suffers from similar degrees of doubts, uncertainties, and confusion. Yet few are willing to admit they may not know.
As I walked the streets of New York yesterday there were clusters of people huddling around a tourist map, actively discussion where they were. They were struggling to know the present, clueless of how to move into the future. It was the rare person who mustered the courage to ask for directions. Much to their mutual surprise, even Whitney at fifteen was able to help someone looking for a favorite New York store.
There are those with a different approach. When Jesus was talking just one we know as the Doubter had the courage to ask about everyone’s puzzle. “Thomas said, ‘Master, we have no idea where you're going. How do you expect us to know the road?’” (John 14.5)
Today is filled with unknowns. I suggest we ask – Divinity and others – what’s up?
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