“Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?” –Deuteronomy 4:32
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” –Matthew 7:7
My husband and I got to visit our oldest son, Justin, and his wife, Bridget, a few weeks ago. While we were there, Justin took me flying over their town and the surrounding area. From the air in about forty minutes, he showed me every point of interest we had visited in that whole past week by car or on foot. And because the sun was setting, everything was coated in a gorgeous pink glow. I couldn’t take enough pictures, and those I took couldn’t capture the beauty we saw.
Before our flight, Justin had watched the weather carefully over several days to choose a time when there wouldn’t be much wind. (Turbulence can be distressing for moms not used to flying in small planes.) After the flight, Justin told me he likes flying at dawn or sunset best because the air is usually calmest then.
“I wonder why,” I said.
Justin told me; I was stunned.
I wasn’t stunned that he knew the answer. That there was an answer was the shock. I’d thought Justin was simply sharing an observation he’d made through his experience as a pilot. But there really is a scientific explanation for these times of calmer weather, and Justin put it in terms that a non-flying-nor-scientific sort of person could kind of/sort of understand. (Which led me to ask him a question that revealed to me just how small people really are compared to this great, big world our God has created for us—I feel tiny whenever I think of it. I would attempt to explain but it’s beyond what I can put into words. Let’s just say we don’t make as much of an impact on this planet as we like to believe we do. We’re ants on Mount Everest in God’s hands.)
Back to my wonderings. I didn’t ask Justin the question because I didn’t know there was a question to ask, but I wondered aloud and learned there was an answer available. So now I’m wondering: how often do we wonder about something about God or His Kingdom but fail to ask Him about it because we assume there’s no answer to receive?
Are you following me?
My point: God wants us to ask. He wants to teach us. He wants to help us grasp truth. He wants to reveal Himself at work in our lives, in this world, in eternity! But we have to stop wondering and ask. Once we do, He can surprise us with answers we didn’t even know were out there. He can show us how big He is in comparison to our lives that we tend to think are the most important thing of all. And in showing us His bigness, He will earn our trust—and our fear, our awe, our respect. We’ll know that we can put our confidence in Him no matter what comes our way, whether it’s dawn or sunset or the most turbulent time of the day.
When we catch ourselves wondering, let’s talk to God. Then let’s make note of the answers He sends our way. Better yet, let’s make time to wonder when we pray. Let’s spend time in His Presence just talking about whatever makes us curious. As we do, let’s formulate questions and write them in our journals. Then let’s go from there anticipating answers that will come.
Father, You’ve told us to ask, to seek, to knock. Please remind us to do so! It’s a privilege to be able to talk with You. It’s a joy when You respond. We love You, Lord. Amen.