“Why?” “Because.”

Be honest, how many of you have had this conversation, as a child, or as an adult WITH a child?  Me!!!!

This morning in the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, a great, thought-provoking question came up:  Is there a time when asking “Why” was the wrong question for you?

So now, how many of you have asked God, “Why???”  And how many times????  I envision the three year old (since I have one) and God’s conversation like this:  “Why?” “Because.” “Why?” “Because.” and repeat at least 100 times…

God doesn’t tell us why very often, if ever.  I know because I have been that three-year-old at least a handful of times…(or more…)

So why do I keep asking that question???  In the midst of struggles, “Why” is usually the first work that comes to mind.  It is a simple question.  And God has revealed to me His “Because.”  Ready for this?

Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”  Best. Because. Ever.  “Because I am God. This is what I do.”

So what now???

I can never understand the depth and purpose of God’s plan, simply because I am NOT God.  So eventually I give up the “Why?” and ask, “OK, God.  What can I do?”  Sometimes, He says, “Wait.” Another time, He told me to move from Aurora, IL where I grew up and lived for 30+ years to Champaign, IL where I knew only a couple of people.  “Are You sure, God?”  “Oh yes, child.  Do it.  I’ve got this.”

That’s God’s go-to reminder for me:  “I am bigger than this, Kara.  Remember, my ways are not your ways.” “Oh, yeah, God.  Thanks for reminding me.”

Are there any scripture verses that help you overcome your “Why?” moments?  Feel free to share them in the comments!

My baby turns 3 tomorrow!

OK, Moms!  Please tell me I am not alone in this spectrum of emotion!  My oldest turns 3 tomorrow.  I am so full of joy about him!  He is so fun, adventurous, intense, curious, and incredible.  He has learned so much in his almost-3-years!  So proud!  Yet, I am so emotional over the fact that he is no longer my newborn infant, easily contained in the shelter of my arms.  He has grown so much!!!!

Are these normal “mom” feelings???  My husband likes to tease me about the swing from one direction to the other.  I just wish there was a better way to explain it.  If you have better words than I do on the subject, please share them in the comments!  I value your wisdom!