Am I the only one who didn’t understand what ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ when I watched Forrest Gump? To be honest, everyone seemed to get it and I felt a little stupid asking about its meaning. Did you also wonder the same thing and maybe felt too silly asking others to explain to you – even though, as they always say, ‘There is no such thing as a stupid question’.
By Heather Djunga
I think sometimes we are afraid to ask in case we look a little dumb.
I remember the day I asked, quite innocently, about Star Trek, instead of Star Wars at work and was met with very icy stares. I felt like I had committed the unpardonable sin and made a mental note to always remember ‘Wars’ and not ‘Trek’ when conversing with my colleagues.
There’s another awkward moment that comes to mind. The day I showed up with a roast chicken at a previous company’s Christmas party. I had assumed that since it was at a park and was a picnic, it was a ‘bring and share’. Not only did I arrive a few minutes late, but everyone grew silent when they noticed the roast chicken in my arms. “What’s the chicken for?” someone eventually asked.
As it was, we had hired a caterer.
Hence, no need for the very big chicken from Woolies.
In my assuming, I had forgotten to ask someone whether bringing in order to ‘share’ was necessary.
So today’s blog is about asking.
Jesus tells us to ask.
He encourages it. He commands it.
“Ask and it will be given to you.”
Do you bring the questions you have to Him? To His throne? Have you searched for the answers in His authoritative Word? Do you pray and trust the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth, will guide you into all truth?
Or do you ask the guy in accounts or the girl you jog with every morning for their answers on life?
Surely, we should ask Him first?
Asking can take humility at times… like, for example, when we have to humble ourselves to ask a question like, “Excuse me, but do you understand what ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ means?”
It is written that Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord through the night. He wanted to be blessed! He didn’t look for his answer and blessing outside of the Lord. Instead, he focused his asking, seeking and knocking on God Himself – and it is written in the morning he left this encounter blessed.
Let’s make Him the focus of our asking, seeking and knocking and let’s take Him up on His offer… He says we can come to Him whenever we want to and fellowship with Him and ask Him what is on our hearts.
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.