“Why, God?”

By Patrick Hawthorne


Sometimes I can’t help it.  It’s like someone comes along and yanks a chain in my brain.  Suddenly, like a ceiling fan with four 110 watt incandescent halogen light bulbs, (now illegal in most states),  questioning thoughts begin to swirl around within the confines of my cranium.  Thoughts such as, “Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?” Or, “If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?”  

The other day as I was driving along the parkway, pondering and meditating on nothing in particular but everything not in particular, I saw a beautiful sky scene.  It was at that point that I began to ask myself a series of questions, “Why does God allow us to see in such splendid color? Why does He allow us to hear wonderful music?  Why does He allow us to taste such delicacies such as turkey necks and pinto beans?”  The last one is a Southern thing.  Don’t knock it till you try it.

When you think about it, and I mean really think about it, why does God allow us to see such beauty, or hear such wonderful music, or taste such delicacies?  Is it merely for our pleasure or is there more to it than that?  I surmise that He gave us these wonderful gifts as a way of bringing us into a closer relationship with Him, making us more like Him?

The Word tells us, in Psalms 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.”  Another way of saying this would be, “Drink deeply of the pleasures of God.  Experience for yourself the joyous mercies He gives to all who turn to hide themselves in Him.” (The Passion Translation.)

We are told to meditate on God’s Word.  This is more than a casual reading.  This is stopping to ponder and think, question and surmise.  It is to assume the role of a small child and ask, “Why, God?  Why did You make the flamingos knees to point backwards?”  Be blessed.

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8 comments on ““Why, God?”
  1. SLIMJIM says:

    I agree with your statement: “I surmise that He gave us these wonderful gifts as a way of bringing us into a closer relationship with Him” Very profound. I’ve always wondered why there’s so many different kinds of tastes on our tongue, from spicy, sweet to sour and bitter! GOd gives our world in living colors, for His glory yes, but for us to enjoy Him!

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  2. Mrs. Nix says:

    You nailed it, sir, and it was so timely for the season.

    The story of the Bible, if you were to boil it down into a single, simplified message, is God’s pursuit of fallen humanity. He made this wonderful home for us with the design of cohabitation. God with us. It is no mistake that Jesus’ name means exactly that. It’s the thesis statement of the Bible. God with us. The beauty and the perfections we experience–sunrises over mountains, fields of waving wheat, hugs from toddlers, the companionship of a good dog, or the flavor of collard greens slow-cooked with cayenne and smoked ham hocks (I see you, fellow Southerner!)–these perfections show us his glory. They show us his hand, his power, and his heart. It’s all a part of God showing us who he is.

    The corruption of God’s good creation stands out in stark contrast to its perfections, too, and this helps us learn even more fully who he is compared with who we are. His goodness shows us our depravity and his strength shows us our utter dependence. It is such a huge thing to contemplate, and it’s what keeps me seeking to learn more and understand.

    In the end, it is all in service of bringing us back to Eden, back to the Creator who loved us and plans better things than the mess we’ve made. Even in the middle of the darkness, we get to soak up the bean juice with cornbread, kiss our kids, feel comfort in our loved ones’ arms, offer help to people who suffer, and enjoy the warmth of an animal companion, asleep on our chest in total dependence. We can surrender to all of these images and just swim in them. They show us who God is and who we are meant to be as bearers of his image. And it all starts with questions like, “Why, God, with the mucous in everything?” or “Why, God, did you make cats’ tongues like sandpaper?”

    Never stop marveling, and never stop approaching God the way toddlers approach their parents. That’s the image that helps me best, and isn’t it a gorgeous one?

    Loved this blog post. So perfect for Christmas, too.

    “Why don’t sheep shrink when they get wet?” HA HA HA! RIGHT??!


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