On asking the right questions……


Have you ever caught yourself- in the middle of a quandry… loaded with questions, seeking knowledge, searching for understanding, so you can make a right, and sensible decision?

Then, suddenly in the middle of the barrage of questions being formed….have you realized that all the questions don’t matter, because you’re asking the wrong questions?

I have.

I am at the moment.

It usually means, I am avoiding an answer that I don’t want to hear. Not, because I am sure of what the answer will be, before I ask, but because of what may be required, in response to whatever the reply may be.

I learned long ago- that God’s plan is not always one, that ,on the surface, I like, or even one that makes sense. Sometimes the path He chooses to take me down, instead of smooth, feels bumpy. Risky. Sometimes, even dangerous.

I may even have to change. My plans, my preferences, my understanding.

So, ocasionally, instead of asking and following- I ask questions AROUND the topic.

Kind of like at Christmas- and you’re asking little questions to see if you can deduce what your gift may be… not QUITE asking outright- but not, NOT asking either. As a kid I remember wanting to know- but not wanting to be disappointed. I also- in “psycho me” style–I still wanted to hold onto the excitement… stretch it out …just a bit….longer… to savor the surprise.

It’s fine if we’re talking about Christmas Gifts, not the will of God.

Ask, Seek, Knock
7″Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9″Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Today (while asking questions around an issue) I read this anew. Not, from the “God answering prayer” perspective— but from the God answering, what we ask, perspective. If I ask the wrong question…. It’s possible, I’ll get the answer to to what I ask, instead of what I need to know.

“If I ask for bread, will He give me a stone?” If I ask Him “WHAT?” (which I want to know— the “whats” for me, are generally the details..) … will He answer the question of “WHERE?” (which I need to know, because it’s my job to follow, not, to determine the best, or most sensible, course of action)

I suppose, theoretically, He could answer either. But- in my life- He usually, patiently waits for me to ask, the question I need answered. Somehow, in the waiting- He is already working, preparing me, for the answer.

So what’s my problem? Well- (among other things) sometimes, I’m afraid of what the answer may be. I believe in a fully sovereign God- who doesn’t have to “do what I want”. God is NOT Santa Clause. That means, I may have to risk. I may have to change. His plan, may be different from what I want. A gift- but maybe not what I had in mind.

In general, risk and change feel frightening. Not predictable.

Then- in the middle of the doubt-fear, questions…I remember the Savior. Duh. Yeah. I know.

The one who died for me, is the same one whom I’m asking for direction from. No matter, how things LOOK, or how they FEEL, God in in control. I trust His plan. Because I trust Him. Regardless. His plan is perfect.

So- today, – I’m trusting the Savior. And asking. No more beating around the bush…

Dear Lord- I am wanting to follow, wherever you’ll lead in all my life (whether I like it or not;) So, Lord… I’m asking..for your clear direction and I’m listening, fully prepared, to follow. Where ever. I love you Lord- and trust you. amen.

4 thoughts on “On asking the right questions……

  1. Becky says:

    what comes to my mind is “going thru” the answer God is giving you.

  2. Tracey, in MI says:

    geez- Becky. You mean stop asking and start doing?

    What a novelty;)

    thnx

  3. Susie says:

    Lurking no more, I want to thank you so much for the blessing your blog is to me. When I began blogging, I had no idea the direction it would take. I started it because of knitting, and for the most part, that’s what it’s all about.

    But I also wanted it to be honoring to my Father, and I’m not so sure it always is. It’s not a bad blog…it’s just not God-centered. And although I’m not sure quite how to redirect it after all this time, I’m feeling like I need to steer it toward a more God-centered direction.

    I’m not shy in any way about my relationship with Jesus. It’s my joy to share my faith and I do it at (almost) every opportunity. (I’d be lying if I said ‘every’ because I’m sure there have been times the Holy Spirit’s prodded me a little and I thought it was gas…) It’s easy to lean toward the secular. Not right or good, but easy.

    So, thank you for reminding me with every post, that it’s all about Jesus, not me, not my knitting, not anything else. I want to follow His lead in making my blog a place that’s a light and pleasing to my Lord and Savior.

    Here’s to the journey…

    Blessings in abundance to you!

  4. Tracey, in MI says:

    Susie- it’s a good thing I haven’t showered yet- cause now I’m bawling all over the place- and it would have been a mascara nightmare.

    God is awesome. Follow where he leads. 😉 I’ll be praying for you! thnx for the comment-

    I feel deeply that my blog is about being naked in public. authentically living out my faith walk, messy as it is.

    It’s in my cracks and brokenness- that His light shines out. Yeah- I’m a crack-pot. No doubt.;)

    AS for the whole Holy Spirit confused with gas thing.. I TOTALLY get that.;)

    I’ll be praying that you can weave more of your journey into your blog- in a way that naturally fits who God created you to be.

    Sounds to me- like God wants to expand your ministry— deeper into the blogging world;) You GO!

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