What is that? Why? Those have to be two of the most often heard phrases by the parents of young children. I cannot even start to tell you the complex and weird questions my son Thatcher has asked us over the last couple of years. It is like every day he wakes up in a new world.
Now take the curiosity of six year old and place it in “incredible” India! That is how I feel right now. I am the person used to knowing stuff. My kids really think I am smart because I know things. Now it is like I am a child over all over again. I am in a new world.
From the bells ringing outside right now, to the arranged marriages, to the hospitality shown to us late last night in a friend’s home, to the idols seen on every corner, to the customs to show you are married, and to the ingredients in the fabulous meal Autumn made for us, I have a million questions. Here is an article about a question my husband had yesterday about a man carrying a bag of water.
Questions are good, they cause people to grow. At least that is what we tell ourselves as we answer question after question by our kids. Most of the questions that I have to find answers to, while I am here, will lead me on a fun journey. However, there are some questions that come to my mind as I look out the window here that cannot simply be answered. These questions bring great sadness. Here are a few of the questions I am wrestling with.
- Why is the family downstairs ringing a bell to wake up an idol? Do they not know about how Jesus arose from the grave. Why did I get to hear the story told by hundreds of different people in many different ways as a child but they still haven’t heard?
- Why is it so difficult for our friends to find a Bible teaching and preaching church while they are in language school, when there are almost 20 million people here?
- Why did God lead this family to completely alter their lives and move to the other side of the world to work on a task (Great Commission) that many other Christians will not even be “inconvenienced” with today?
- Why are there so few Christians in this country? Do they just not want to accept the Gospel because they are steeped in tradition or how many are even getting the option?
- If my son and daughter follow God’s leading to move to the other side of the world will I be as the parents of the Roberts and be not only supporting but actively involved in helping them however I can?
I feel like a kid today. A new place to see and a million questions to ask. I can’t help but think about how this short time being a curious kid again is going to help me raise my little ones to ask the questions in life that really matter. There are many tourist here asking questions – but they will not ask any questions that really matter. If I only ask these questions but do not wrestle with the answers in my heart I will leave unchanged.
Many people visit India. Many people ask themselves the hard questions. However, there is very little change with their involvement in the country. I do not want to be part of that group. We want to ask hard questions that will change us while we are here. With all our hearts we want to find answers, even if it requires hard changes in the way we live our lives.
My heart breaks today as I think about how their little “Thatchers and Tinsleys” ask the same questions about God as my kids but they will receive a completely different answer from their dad, than my kids will receive from theirs. I wonder what ladies, like in the above picture, think about. What questions do they have? Where do they turn for answers? Could they find a Christian or a Bible if they even wanted to?
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