A Simple Question

I heard the cutest little voice the other day asking her Mom a question.  It was a simple moment, but there was a simple beauty in it.  It was a trusting child asking her Mom to explain a little piece of the world to her.

Honestly I couldn’t even hear the question.  But I heard that little voice, and glancing up I could see the Mom patiently trying to explain something to her daughter.  And of course I thought about all of those simple questions children ask that have no simple answer.

Questions like, “Daddy, why is the sky blue?” or, “Mommy, why is the grass green?”  Do they really want to hear that the sky is blue because of the refractory properties of particulate matter in the air?  Do they really care that the green in grass is caused by the ability of chlorophyll to absorb red and blue light?  Probably not, and at 2 or 3 years old, they wouldn’t get it anyway!

Yet those are exactly the kinds of questions kids ask, seemingly simple questions, but the answers aren’t so simple!  As parents or grandparents we try to explain in a way that our kids will understand.  Simple words, simple concepts, simple truths, but not so simple to do!

Watching that Mom try to explain things to her daughter I thought about the Lord trying to explain things to us. So the Lord gave us His Word, the Bible.  I know a lot of people say they find the Bible hard to understand, but really, most of the time it is pretty easy.  Let’s face it; “You shall not steal” is not hard to figure out!

But on the other hand this world is often hard to understand, and the universe is amazingly complex.  So there are times when our understanding is limited, but His understanding is not. The Bible tells us, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33 ESV)

We will never be able to understand with our finite minds the infinite wonders of God.  But we can know Him, and in knowing Him we know enough!  The answers we give our children are usually enough for them because they love and trust us, and they know we love them.  When we take our questions before the Lord we need to remember that He loves us and that we can love and trust Him.

Some of our questions need more than a “How?” or “Why?” or “What?”  They need a more personal answer.  Who do we run to?  Who do we turn to for help, for healing, for hope? Our children turn to us for answers and for help.  We should turn to the Lord.  He gives us the help and hope we need.  He is the answer.

Solid As A Rock?

Sugar marble
Sugar Marble, touch it and it falls apart!

A few years ago I had a chance to travel to Marble Colorado and visit the marble mines there.  Now when I think of marble I think of the monuments in cemeteries, the decoration on Courthouses, things like that.  In fact the marble from this area was used to build the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

I had always assumed that marble was literally “as solid as a rock.”  But it turns out that marble is really fragile.  All around the mines were smaller discarded pieces of marble that had been exposed to Colorado winters for 30 or 40 years.  It looked solid enough, but if you held it in your hand and squeezed it would dissolve into dust!

They call it sugar marble and it is the same marble that is used to make monuments, except it is not polished and sealed.  Exposed to the elements it begins to break down rather quickly; it becomes very fragile. It still looks like a rock, but just a little pressure and it falls to pieces.

Naturally, in our own strength, we are like that marble. The winds and rains come, the trials and struggles of life, the cold nights and long hot days and we begin to break down.  We are not nearly as strong as we think we are.  The Bible tells us, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge (Psalm 18:2 NIV).

Believers can be like that too.  We need to be polished and sealed in order to stay strong.  When we read the Bible, when we keep ourselves free from sin, when we are a part of a good Church, we are strong like a rock.  But when we neglect God’s Word, when we allow sin to rule our lives, when we abandon the shelter of His Church, we become brittle.  We may look good on the outside, but just a little pressure and we dissolve into dust.

There is only one Rock that will last.  There is only one Rock that will stand the test of time and that Rock is Jesus.  Marble will dissolve, even granite will erode over time, but the Lord will never fail.  He is the Rock that makes us strong.

Have you polished up your faith lately?  Are you allowing God’s Word to speak into your life?  Do you involve yourself in the fellowship and ministry of your local Church?  All these things keep us strong.  Let the Lord be your Rock and in Him you will find the strength to weather the storms of life.