More Questions Than Answers

Questions, questions, questions. “There are more questions than answers,” goes a song. Perhaps the singer is on to something. Then again, perhaps not.

Ever notice how questions asked are evaded, avoided, or their premise voided? Ever wondered why? I am including questions we ask of ourselves.

It may well be that some questions are invasive, intrusive, and inopportune, not so much because the person asking is out of bounds but more so that questions can put the spotlight on our uncomfortable positions and our conversations with ourselves.

Ask any question: Is forgiveness mandatory or a choice? Should stores charge extra to reflect pilfering? Is passion more important than knowledge? Should the man who has nothing still find something valuable to give?

Some questions seem nonsensical: why did Jack and Jill go up the hill for water? Which makes one wonders.

“What is the value of a question?”

“Test knowledge. Investigate issues. Understand and analyze success or failure?

All the above and more.

I’ll put it succinctly. The value of a question is to prompt inquiry into how you see the world and understand yourself in relation to how the world turns. Why is that important?

Asking questions prompts the search for answers. It begins the process of “working out your salvation,” even though I am not sure where in the Bible that’s written.

In a way, when we are asked questions- by ourselves or others – we inquire of and beyond the knowledge of stuff to the knowledge of self and the relationships that are fundamental to rediscovering who in God’s name we are and should become.

There’s a line in scripture that says, “We have not because we asked not.” It’s come to mean for many,” You did not ask, so you did not get.”

Far be it from me to quarrel or limit anyone’s understanding or interpretation of Scripture. However, I will add, “Before you ask, He will answer, and while you are yet a far way off, He will see you coming and begin to make ready.”

“Where is that quote from?”

“Good question. From a quotation from the Kingdom of Heaven which is in all of us”.

The answers I get from a question may well be different from what you get. Your needs may be different from mine.

Nonetheless, it is important that none of us  – invited guests or gate crashers – leave a feast hungry or, worse, consider it a part of God’s plan that our hunger at a feast is a sign of God’s favor with us.

We have heard it said that “Where dogs are not invited, no bones are provided.” Is it true, though? Can we challenge this assertion of ourselves as dogs, or do we go along with agreeing with an unsustainable and ill-suited view of ourselves? Did we grow up in a home in which the unannounced was never fed?

The answers to life’s questions may well be blowing in the wind. I suspect, though, it is a playful wind. A kind insisting wind that rustles the restless and the disappointed.

There is always more to who we are than what we have been told. A question is a beginning of an exploration. Happy discovery awaits. Be Amazing.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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