Thursday, July 7, 2016

Questions Begetting Questions

YES! NOOOO! Maybe???? I just don't know.

Two months ago the email landed in my inbox. With one mindless click on the senders name I needed to think about something I didn't know existed. I was invited to consider joining the group of shepherds in our Sunday school community. Invited. This invitation was not the easy type, not the quick response type. It required more information, prayer, and reflecting on the questions this invitation surfaced.

I guess age doesn't make it easier.

The question, the invitation, begged more questions. I needed to allow myself to back up and view it not as an easy yes-no option, but in light of what I've been hearing from God. 

"keep yourselves in the love of God,"
Jude 21

My mind has been swirling around God's personal, Sue-shaped love. The words of Ephesians 1:5, "In love he predestined us for adoption according to the purpose of his will." My life has purpose and it is soaked in his love for me. I want to follow Jude's admonition and keep myself cradled in God's love.

I glance over my shoulder at the path God has had me on. 
I look ahead and ponder what trust would look like in this situation.
I focus on who God says I am ... His beloved child. 
I ask ...

How does this opportunity help me to stay in God's love?
What does staying (keeping myself) in his love look like?
Will this allow me to live out of my identity as God's beloved child or be another hat to squeeze onto the hall hat tree?
Is this a people-pleasing opportunity or a God-trusting opportunity? Or both?
Who are my closest allies who might speak wisdom to me? What are they saying?
Does this opportunity fit with my values?
What is my spiritual journey needing at this juncture? Would this opportunity feed that or starve it?
Will I be able to live from my giftedness?
Will this enhance who I am?
What else does God want me to be asking?

As I sit in quiet and ponder questions like these, seeking God's guidance, I find myself experiencing peace. I find myself melting into obedience. And a light bulb goes on; I discover the answer. 

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, 
who gives generously to all without reproach, 
and it will be given him."
James 1:5


  1. Knowing who you are in God's eyes helps so much. But having goals would help. Must think about that.

    1. Thank you for your comment Diane. Yup, thinking is a good thing. Your goals comment falls under my last question. In just a few I have a phone call with my supervisor ... I know I'll have that goal question.

      There are also lots of other questions to be bringing before God, more in the your specific circumstances category. I left all of those off.

      Bless you as you ponder.

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