By Lauren Alley
As a newcomer to the adult world I have a lot of questions about real things: what are taxes? How do you grate cheese when you never thought of purchasing a cheese grater? How do I attend three weddings on the same weekend? Etc, etc, etc.
I have a trillion legitimate questions to ask God as well
What the heck am I doing with my life? God, what the heck are you doing with my life? What do I do next? I'm a little confused why you are asking me to do this? When will you show me the next step?
So I guess I want to give a shout out to my boy Peter for asking Jesus a slew of great questions while the big man himself was walking around here on earth.
"How often must I forgive?"
A legitimate question! Yet one that probably did not need to be asked. All Peter needed to do was be attentive to the Lord to understand that forgiveness is endless. Jesus never once denied someone of this forgiveness. The sinners are healed, the adulterers are comforted, those who hate Jesus are received in love and Peter is present in the midst of all of this. It's not that his was a bad question, yet if Peter had maybe paused to put together the pieces of all the things he witnessed, he would not have had to ask.
I only say this because I am the number one culprit of this same behavior.
I ask countless questions about the Lord's plans for me and yet if I stopped to pay attention to the man I come in contact with every single day I shouldn't have to ask. Beyond the basic encounter with the Lord, my day-to-day work is ministry. I have watched countless teens be healed, be comforted, and received in Christ's love. So for me to ask what the Lord has planned or what He is doing are not bad questions, but if I spent more time witnessing the work of the Lord in my life and truly getting to know who He is I would know what He is about. I know He is and will continue to take care of me.
He's never done anything different.
The Lord is a patient Lover, He will always answer the questions we ask. But starting today I'm going to stop asking so many questions and start being an attentive disciple. Love isn't about answers, it's about encounter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Alley is your average, everyday pilgrim dreamer. Originally from the Great Pac Northwest she made her way to Ohio to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville in hopes of studying Theology and Catechetics. Now a recent graduate, she is teaching freshmen and sophomore theology in Mobile, Alabama. A dedicated believer that Beauty will in fact change the world, she spends much of her time seeking beauty in the ordinary trenches of day to day life. This tends to include camping, drinking good coffee, and when given the chance pulling out her long board.