But Why?

As children we sometimes find the “adult” ways of Yahweh difficult to understand. I can picture a little girl with a scrunched up nose and puzzled facial expression asking her daddy “but why”? We want to know why our big God can’t just do it all for us. Why must we do it for ourselves – this big task of moving mountains?

Why must a baby learn to walk or feed itself? I don’t remember complaining as a little one when I was having to learn these things, but I must have because my mom used to tell us a story of how I was in a habit of throwing my baby bottles over the side of the crib whenever I had finished with them. I may be giving away my age when I tell you the bottles were made of glass. Maybe I just liked to hear them crash onto the floor? According to the story when the last one broke, she looked at me and said “that’s it, no more bottles for you. From now on, you drink from a cup!

It was a good thing, too, that I started on my own to drink from a cup. My mom hasn’t been with me since 2014, and I would have grown awfully thirsty by now if I hadn’t learned to move that mountain all by myself.

“Listen to the truth I speak to you: Whoever says to this mountain with great faith and does not doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done.”

Mark 11:23

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