Can you carry within yourself an unanswered question?
As a young girl, locking up the church building with my dad gave me time to ask him important questions.
“Important questions” such as what was the use of having more than one pair of uncomfortable shiny, patent-leather Mary Jane shoes. Or why Mr. So-and-So was such a know-it-all?
Usually, Dad was circumspect and diplomatic, but my second question must have reminded him of a few grouchy curmudgeons because he said, “Well, darlin’ it sure does seem as if he has no unanswered questions.”
My memory of these conversations was spurred when I read Jennifer Dukes Lee’s post, “When Waiting is Hard.” In this post Lee describes a patient, worshipful believer-in-waiting as one who espouses Elisabeth Elliott belief that waiting on God is a “willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question.”
Can you carry within your heart an unanswered question?