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Filled with Wonder

John, Nan, Bethany & Rachel

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Can I Trust God?

Lately I have wondered: Are we alone in the universe? What is our purpose here? Why am I doing all this schoolwork? I’ve also wondered about salvation: Are we destined from birth to go to heaven, or do we have to make a decision to become a Christian?

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” When I begin to wonder, I turn to God in prayer. Sometimes God has a way of showing me the answers. Other times God lets me know that I simply need to trust that God is working for good in all situations.

—John Storer, 19


Can I Be Content?

My family and I were watching Animal Planet, when my dad said, “Have you noticed that nothing in nature ever clashes? Everything goes together.”

When I look at pictures of rainforests or oceans, the different colors, patterns, and textures amaze me. Yet nothing ever seems out of place. The fashion police don’t say that nature would look slimmer if the fruit bats were on a different tree. No matter how many eyes or legs an animal may have, it seems to fit perfectly in its environment.

I wonder: If I let myself be content with where God places me, would I be like the animals in the rainforest or in the ocean? Would I be at peace in my environment, fulfilling my purpose in the world as no one else can?

—Nan Johnson, 21


Can I Wait for Answers?

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When I ask God questions, sometimes I find answers quickly; other times I have to wait or to dig deeper. For some questions, I may never have answers on this side of heaven. First Corinthians 13:12b (GNT) says, “What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as complete as God’s knowledge of me.” God knows everything. If we will know as we are known, then we’ll understand much more in heaven than on earth!

It’s important to me that Jesus asked questions. Luke 2:41–47 says that as a youth, Jesus sat in the temple listening to the teachers and asking questions. I wonder if Jesus found answers?

At least he taught us how to search for answers—by asking God for guidance, turning to God’s word, seeking counsel, and being patient. When I ask God to direct me, God often reveals answers with gradual, subtle hints. I have learned to trust that God will give me understanding in God’s own way and in God’s own time.

—Bethany Abrams, 19

DIG DEEPER

We get caught up in wondering about all the bad that happens. Why didn’t God heal a loved one? How could God allow an earthquake to kill thousands of people?

What if we spent time wondering about good things? Read Psalm 8:3–4. What if we wondered about God’s marvelous creation and about God’s choosing us and loving us as God’s children? What if we wondered about Jesus’ coming to earth, not only to die for our sins but also to live among us and to show us the way to a genuine relationship with God?

Next time you begin to ask, “Why, God?” remember all the good things God has given us and let yourself be filled with wonder.

—Rachel Spoelman, 19

—from devozine (November/December 2010). Copyright © 2010 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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