Friday, August 13, 2021

What Question Would You Like To Ask God If You Were Able?

I was on a Bob Dylan fan site where someone asked the question, "If you could talk with Bob Dylan and ask him one question, what would it be?"

That exchange brought to mind a couple blog posts I'd written in the past. The first, in 2010, had to. do with questions college students were thinking about. I'd titled it Is There A God? The second, from 2013, was titled Life Notes About Nothing.

Life Notes About Nothing started like this.

Everything comes out of something. Nothing comes out of nothing. 

Those were some of my thoughts as I was thinking about the Big Bang Theory. Where did the bang come from? Out of nothing? If there was nothing, how could something happen? In the beginning…

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation on an airplane. At one point the woman I was speaking with (I'll call her Dee to protect her identity) asked, “If you had two hours in God’s presence where you could ask God anything you wanted, what would you ask?"

That question didn't come out of the blue, out of thin air, out of nothing. We'd been talking for quite some time before such personal explorations could be broached. A framework had been established. But now, the question was out there.

Before I share my first reply, I’ll ask you: What questions would you ask God? You have two full hours. (This is for you to answer to yourself. No need to send me anything.)

I only had one question initially and after that my mind was blank. It's been a decades-long recurring theme for me and it always comes back to this: Why am I here?

In that moment on the plane I really didn’t know what else I could ask. Later, while driving home from the airport, other questions began to emerge. Where does beauty come from? Why do we respond to beauty? Or rather, why do I respond to it the way I do? Why is beauty beautiful?

That was the first set of personal inquiries. Many more questions soon followed.

Maybe you have questions for God. Maybe asking the questions will unlock something for you.

I have one more for you. When are you going to get around to taking that personal retreat you’ve always promised yourself? Perhaps it’s time to get re-centered.

The world pushes and pulls us in so many directions. There are so many voices telling us what we should do, who we should be, where we should go. In the midst of all this "noise" there's a still small voice... within. Do you know who you are?


Martin Cooke said...

Regarding beauty, here is a link to a post about it that I like:

Lost At Sea

(Regarding retreats, I feel like my whole life has been a retreat!)

Ed Newman said...

Thanks for the comments. Yes, it's a good exploration of the meaning of beauty...
TO OTHERS: Follow Martin Cooke's link to Lost At Sea. It's a good read.

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