We had come away for a few days, away from people who knew us, away from the telephone, away from questions. The snow was deep, and pushing along on cross-country skis was more work than usual. The beauty of mountain peaks and of flaming sunset colors filled our minds with a variety of thoughts. We reached a bench in front of a rock on which was inscribed a quotation from Nietzsche, and we sat there for a few minutes talking about this man. His yearning for—or as he put it, “lusting for”—eternity made us hurt for one whose questions were never answered with truth.
Suddenly two people walked up to gaze at the rock and began talking in German about its inscription. Although we had come away from people, human contact lay before us like a log ready to be kindled with the tiniest touch of a flaming match! The conversation begun there was resumed late that evening over coffee. The man, an official in the Swiss government, had been a complete stranger to us before that sunset moment of “chance meeting.” He was full of questions.
People of all ages, backgrounds, educations, and ways of life are full of questions from childhood to the grave. They ask questions as they chew a blade of grass, or sit on a park bench, ride on a train, or wash dishes. Why? How? When? Honest answers are important to human beings.
The next day as we pushed up a hill in silence I was suddenly hit with what we had read from Isaiah that morning. “Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?” (Isa. 55:2). God asks questions! I had never thought of this so vividly before. How often do we stop and ponder God’s questions, seeking for absolute honesty in our answers to him? God’s questions are penetratingly ...1
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