I Want Answers to my Questions, and I want them NOW!
Sometimes, I have found myself so overwhelmed with questions that, if I only knew the answers, I would know which direction I should go. (I wonder if that is a female thing, or if men battle with indecision like me.)
Even tempted to pray that the answers would be handed down to me–as if on a silver platter. If God would just tell me what I was supposed to do, then I could do it and not agonize about whether I made the right decision or not. But, since no silver platter descended from the clouds, I agonized on, racing to an answer that often didn’t fit. So what did I do when it didn’t? I pushed and squeezed harder to make it fit.
Experience (lots of experience) has taught me to be patient with all those unsolved questions that swarmed my heart like a hive of killer bees.
These days, I try to be more patient with myself and instead of my desperate attempt to force the answers, to embrace the questions like I might a beautifully bound book that, when I open it and find it written in a foreign language, take it home with me anyway and give it a place of honor in my home.
Sometimes, the answers just aren’t there yet. Why? Because the timing of the answers is not yet–we are not ready to receive it.
When you catch yourself fighting the questions, instead, embrace them. Celebrate them. Examine them. Inhale them. In other words, instead of grasping at answers, live the questions.
As we learn to live the questions, we will find ourselves living into the answers without even being aware that we are.
How about you? How do you handle it when life seems to toss you questions faster than you can come up with the answers? Share what works for you, or what doesn’t, by adding a comment on this blog.
Questions are magical. Live the questions, live everything!