I Want Answers

A clear cut, neat answer filled with complete details is what I usually want in response to my questions. Especially in my prayers. But have you noticed? God rarely speaks that way.

Jesus especially, frustrated his followers by speaking in parables. Wikipedia has this to say about parables:

A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles.

The word parable comes from the Greek παραβολ╬« (parabol─ô), meaning "comparison, illustration, analogy." It was the name given by Greek rhetoricians to an illustration in the form of a brief fictional narrative.

Parables are often used to explore ethical concepts in spiritual texts.

When I move out of my frustration from not getting the simple answers I want, I begin to understand that there are no simple answers. Which is a good thing – because simple is too small and lacks the depth and fullness of life that Jesus offers. We can come to understand the ways in which God is responding to our questions and prayers through time and grace and love. And we end up with way better stories to live into.

Rob Bell says in his RobCast #154 that when we are looking for answers, what we usually need the answer to be is that we are not alone. Jesus’ stories perhaps lack specificity so that they may nurture many.

Tomorrow begins our summer series on “Jesus, the Storyteller” and many of his parables. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30!

Grace be with you,


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