Have you ever noticed that children ask some of the funniest questions? And ‘dumbest’ questions? But when the questions come from children, we don’t think less of them for asking. In fact, we applaud their curiosity. As adults, however, we become afraid to ask.
We can use the classic “lost while driving” scenario as an example. I have been in the car with people (no names mentioned!) who drive back and forth, up and down, here and there… but do not stop to ask for directions. He (and yes, it is usually a man) just does not want to ask a stupid question or let someone know he doesn’t have things all figured out.
Google and GPS’s have come to the rescue of those of us who don’t like to reveal our ignorance. Now we can ask Google ANYthing!! But to be honest, Google is not going to help when it comes to the more important things, perhaps questions like: “How can we resolve a long-standing marriage debate?” ; “How can I raise children in a third-culture context?” ; “How can I tithe when we have so many needs in the family?”
What else should we be asking one another that we are afraid to ask? What should we be asking God?
A close friend was recently making a major decision that would significantly affect the rest of her life. “Have you asked God about this?” I enquired. I was surprised at her honest and blunt response, “No, I have not.”
Children are naturally very inquisitive. They want to learn all they can, and are not ashamed of what they don’t know. They do not realize there is anything wrong with being uninformed, or even ignorant. (And indeed, there is not anything wrong with it).
If we would admit our lack of knowing and ask more, we would also learn more. Child-like learning; child-like faith. Jesus said that we need it.
(btw, our friend Liz wrote an excellent blog titled “Child-Like” > check it out).