A SPIRITUAL EXPLORER
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
“Tell me the story again, Mommy!” Our children love to hear their favorite stories retold. Do we hold it against them? Never. We know there is something in them that benefits from the re-telling.
“I don’t understand what you’re saying. Can you explain it to me again?” Are we impatient even in this? Never. We know that, for whatever reason, the wisdom we wished to impart hasn’t yet found a solid place to land. The ground wasn’t prepared enough to grasp the teaching.
We were created in the image of God. Our sterling parenting qualities, inherent because we are God’s image bearers, are a mere shadow of what He is like. He is infinitely more patient than we are and loves to instruct. He is overjoyed because we cared enough to ask for wisdom. He will never belittle. He will never make us feel inadequate for having posed the question. Whereas some earthly teachers love to lord their knowledge over their students, God’s glory is most secure.
He is humble, even though God. He proved it in the person of Jesus who took on such humble means as to become a servant, a tutor/rabbi of men. He prayed that some would love Him enough to sit at His feet and learn. In that position, they would never be shamed. They would only know the exhilaration of learning truth in the context of relationship.
For all who are inquisitive, for all spiritual explorers, the universe is vast. The mysteries of the kingdom are unlocked by the ones who come into the kingdom with the curious and humble heart of a child.
Not everything is spelled out in scripture. How do I navigate this layered and complex situation? I open my mind to all of Your wisdom. I seek Your face and cry, “Teach me, Rabbi.” Amen