When the New Year rolled through our tent, we were playing Clue. Earlier that day, we found the game. My daughters asked me to teach them how to play and before I knew it I was trying to decide if it was Professor Plum or Mrs. White that committed the crime with the lead pipe in the library. The best way to find out the answer was to ask the right question.
When you were six, what did you want to be when you grew up? Do you remember someone asking you that famous, dreamy question? I remember saying that I wanted to be a psychologist. Honestly, I am not sure if I knew what a psychologist did, but it sounded fancy. Steven wanted to be a crop duster. One of our daughters wants to be a veterinarian and the other wants to be a spy. (She enjoyed Clue!)
Questions can make a big difference. It happens in our relationship with God too. One question to ask yourself often is, “Where have you seen God?” Was it at the grocery store? The school? The park? Your home? The answer to that question might surprise you. Often we think of God being in the church. God is in the church AND God is a lot of other places too.
Another good question is, “What do I see God doing and how can I join God in that mission or work?” Is God working to care for those who lost their homes in a tornado? Is God working to encourage teachers who teach our children? Is God working to free someone we know from a difficult situation? Does God want to remind someone how they are wonderfully created by God? What is God doing and how can we help?
Asking good spiritual questions and taking time to discern the answer may just be what we need. The answers will give us a clue for how we should best spend our time and resources this year.
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” Luke 24:13-17