Asking questions can challenge us in the best way

Published 2:57 am Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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“Where does the ocean end?”

“Lolli, were you born before electricity?”

“How do trains turn around?”

“Who decided which words are the bad ones?”

“What do birds do if they get tired while they’re flying?
“How did people write before pens?”


These are from a list of the questions my grandchildren have asked. Some have easy answers. Others make me think, and I love processing the answers with my grandchildren.

            I have questions, too. Some of my questions are for other people and some are for God. But lately, I’ve questioned myself daily.

            The first subject resurfaces every time I read Psalm 24: 3,4, “Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.”

            That passage of Scripture always prompts the questions, “Are your hands and heart pure? Are you doing the right things for the right reasons? Are your motives pure?”

            The next question challenges my prayer life when I wonder, “How would my life, my family and friends’ lives, my community and my country look if the prayers I pray today are answered?”

            If I believe that nothing is impossible with God, and I do, my prayers should reflect that. The length and depth of my appeals to Heaven should match the faith I profess. My daily prayers life should reveal the depth of my dependence and devotion on God, Whose love and power extend far beyond the end of the ocean.

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