Our Wonder Room

Adventures in Finding God

Tell Me Why

“I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.”
-Douglas Adams, author (11 Mar 1952-2001)

Last night I was watching American Idol. Two of the contestants sang a song and afterwards one of the judges asked them if they knew what the lyrics of the song meant. They two looks at each other and shook their heads. Neither of them had taken the time to read and try to understand the emotion (if there was any) behind the song. Of course they were then asked, “Then why’d you sing it?”

That dialog was with me with this morning as I got out of bed. When I did get out of bed I got to work and sort of put that little scene out of my mind.

Then the quote above by Adams appeared in my inbox and it demanded attention.

So, I had this idea to look to see how many times “because” or “I don’t know” or “understanding” appear in the NIV. According to BibleGateway.com “because” appears in the NIV 1586 times. I think my all-time favorite use of because comes in Genesis 5:24, but I digress:
“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

The phrase “I don’t know” appears 20 times in the NIV. “Understanding” appears 110 times.

Okay, so now what? It’s all about our answers, not really the questions we are asked.

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
– 1 Peter 3:15-17

I think God wanted me to hear those words this morning from 1 Peter, “Always be prepared to give an answer”. Those words are the ones that came to me after these moments of contemplation and reflection. On a deep and spiritual level the “tell me why” is about my salvation and being able to share with others my reason for hope. Yet that preparation should permeate all my actions.

“Why did you take that photo?”
“Why did you go there?”
“Why did you say (or write) those words?”
“Why did you read that book?”
“Why did you make that decision?”
“Why are you in pain?”

“Tell me why?”

Sometimes (okay, probably many times) I don’t know the why. Or at least I can’t put the why into words. Sometimes it’s like I’m on auto-pilot or auto-response and just “do” withing being able to articulate the why. There isn’t always an answer.

But there is hope. There is always hope –
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
– Romans 5:3-5

This morning I leave you with these words and inspiration:
“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
– John 9:25


So, Did You Say It?

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
— Ephesians 4:15, (NIV)

This was another one of “those” mornings. Those mornings where I start down one road and come smack up to something that hit’s me over the head and says, “it took you a while, but this is why you’re here”.

Lori and I were watching the early morning Seattle news and they talked about an artist coming to Seattle. So I looked up Shawn Colvin on YouTube. Nothing against this award-winning artist, but her performance, voice and style didn’t grab me. Soon I found myself looking at the names listed on the right side. You know, the related videos. A familiar name popped up so I found myself watching some Jewel videos. Jewel has a voice I have always enjoyed because of its uniqueness. What I found myself listening to was a song I had not heard, “Satisfied”.

It was then a small voice inside whispered, “this is where I wanted you to be. These are words I want you to hear”. God is so amazing. To me these words aren’t only about those we love and hold most dear, but about those we otherwise walk by or look past, leaving words unspoken.

“So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line
Did you make it count
Did you look ’em in the eye
Did they feel it
Did you say it in time
Did you say it out loud
’cause if you did hun
Then you lived some
That feeling inside
That’s called satisfied”
– Jewel


Keep Looking Upward

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.


There Is No Time Limit on Beauty


I might have seen this leaf months ago as I wandered through the forest. But I doubt it. It was no different than millions of other leaves waving high above in the wind. In time this leaf among millions, shimmering green in the canopy fell. Fell onto the ground, into a puddle. Floating on a rainy day. Waiting for me. And I found it, beautiful.

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