19 April, 2009

The Ability to Question

One of the most comforting things about God is that we have the ability to question Him. In fact, I feel like He encourages our questions. When we come to a place of questioning with an open mind it allows Him to be fully God and show us His infinite character and love. I think God is the only deity that allows us to question because He can use those times of honesty and humanness to show Himself and His glory. That's comforting, isn't it? That the Maker of the universe and everything in it would allow us, His creation, to come into His presence and question Him with what we don't understand. And though He won't always answer our questions and cries like we would want to, that doesn't mean that He is not real or any less that what He is.

The most important thing I have learned in the last year, and I cling to constantly, is that God is who God is 100% of the time. So, He is good 100% of the time, He is just, holy, in control, loving, etc. 100% of the time - and regardless of where I am or what I am going through - He is still all those things all the time.

"I AM" He said, and He is.

My faith is God, who is eternally loving and constant even as my understanding grows and changes, makes life not only worth living, but gives me the courage to dare to disturb the universe when that is what El calls me to do. Something simply being open, refusing to settle for finite answer disturbs the universe. Questions are disturbing, especially those which may threaten our traditions, our institutions, our security. But questions never threaten the living God, who is constantly calling us, and who affirms for us that love is stronger than hate, blessing stronger than cursing.
Madeline L'Engle "Glimpses of Grace

"Doubt doesn't have to drive us from faith, but can push us to grapple deeply with the core question of existence. ... Doubt can drive us to seek God." Catherine Claire Larson. So take heart in times of trial and questions and doubt, believe me, He is big enough to answer all of your questions and doubts.

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