My days have revolved around questions for the past several weeks.
That is not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all! In
fact, I love questions! Maybe because in my pre-missionary life I was a teacher - and for several of those years, I was an inquiry-based science teacher. The word "inquiry" in that statement shows how much I lived a life of questions.
Questions, for me, are an avenue to answers. I need questions. If I don't ever ask the the question, I won't ever find the answer. I use questions to find direction. I use questions to guide me. I use questions to dig deeper.
Jesus was a question-man. He used questions to guide, to give direction, and to make people dig deeper within themselves to find the answer. He made them think. Many times, when someone asked a question of Jesus, he simply turned it around and asked them for the answer.
To the man who asked, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?", he answered with the question, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?"
(Luke 10:25-26) The man answered correctly (showing that he had the answer in his mind all along). Just after that, the same man asked, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied by telling a story (the Parable of the Good Samaritan). At the end of the story, Jesus asked the question, "Which of these three proved to be a neighbor?" Again, he answered the question with a question and made the man think deeper.
There are many more instances in Scripture that illustrate this same point - Jesus valued the use of questions.
So many questions roll around in my head each day:
What can you see from the other person's perspective?
Put yourself in their shoes... how does it look and feel from their side?
What can I do to turn this into a positive experience?
Since I can't change other people, what can I do and change about me that
would make things better?
What is the most important step I could take right now to move me forward?
How is God speaking to me?
Is God trying to get my attention?
What is God trying to do with my character?
What questions are rolling around in your head? What are you asking yourself? Use those questions and listen to the answers that you hear. Let them
guide you and give you direction and help you go
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!