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For many years I've been keeping a sort of mental list of questions I'd like to ask God someday, should the opportunity hopefully arise. You know, the really tough ones like why do children have to suffer abuse, and why do the nicest people get struck down with bad diseases and some mean people get to live so much longer?  Why do some people go hungry and without a place to call home, while others have so much more than they need and yet don't share?  Why do we fear or mock those who are different from us? Questions like that, the ones I just can't make any sense of with my limited understanding of the grand scheme of life and what lies beyond. 

Then there are other questions that I'm curious about, like why did You make the sky blue and the grass green and not the other way around, and why is every single snowflake and person different from every other one?  Why did I get born with fat genes and my sister didn't?  Why do some people who try so hard have to endure so many struggles?  Why can cats and dogs learn to get along and people can't? Why did your Son have to suffer to redeem us?

I want to believe that when I get to Heaven I will not only have all the knowledge that is available here on earth, but also be given an understanding of all those things that puzzle me now.  Or, will it be as a friend of mine suggested, and maybe when I get to Heaven, those questions really won't matter to me anymore? 

I'm linking up with In Other Words over at Patricia's Place
where the writing prompt was the following quotation:
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." 
 -  Jorge Luis Borges

14 comments:

  1. Perhpaps, too, the longer we are there, the more we will come to understand.

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    1. I think that's a very good possibility, Mimi!

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  2. I think your friend is right. There is something about faith that requires me to stop asking questions to make everything logical.

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    1. You are right that faith is about acceptance and with acceptance comes peace.

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  3. Like your friend says maybe those questions won't matter anymore. Or maybe we will have questions that our finite minds can't imagine. Whatever, we can be certain that we will learn amazing things from great teachers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with In Other Words.

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    1. I love the idea of having questions that we aren't even capable of imagining now, Patricia! What it would be like to have full wisdom and knowledge about so many things that don't make sense here on this level!

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  4. thank you for your comment......and Thank You for this post

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  5. I constantly wondered about such things too!! And it was always the number one thing asked of me about God --- why did He allow such suffering in the world?! How is that love?! It's such a hard question to answer. And then I read Ecclesiastes 9:12 and I thought okay - yes! Time and chance happens to us all. And I suddenly let all the questioning go. Not that I won't ask Him when I get to Heaven, because um, platypus God? Explain yourself. LOL But while here on earth, I am okay with living with a bit of mysterious.
    But, I think God gave us that kind of curious mind, ultimately so that we would seek Him. :)

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    1. Wonderful thoughts, Rory, I think you are absolutely right! I have a small piece of granite on which is written "Life is not a problem to solve, it is a mystery to experience." And so it is.

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  6. God knows I don't have any answers about this one. But the way I made peace with it is to think that we all start out with our lives no matter the circumstances and what happens from then on in happens. Not everything is insurmountable for sure however having an internal sort of control versus why do things happen to me sort of mentality can help within any given circumstances. I think it changed for me when I read the book "when bad things happen to good people."

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    1. I agree, Ivy. I feel sorry for people who internalize everything with the "woe is me, all the bad things happen to me" mentality. You are the poster child for proving that attitude is everything when it comes to dealing with what life throws at us. We can't always control what happens, but we can control how we respond and we can decide not to let us derail our lives or our hope and belief in the future. I've heard of that book, I need to read it!

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