Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec

Asking Questions

woman sitting along on bench


14 2014


There is an art to asking the right question, at the right time to the right person . . . but learning how is an art as well. From the CBM New Paths Conference April 4 and 5, I now understand that sensitively asking “Where are you from?” (rather than “What do you do?”) and “How do you understand the Creator?” will help us as we open up a conversation with our First Nation, Metis and Inuit brothers and sisters. Then giving time for a response – something I personally have to work hard on – shows respect and value to the person with whom you are talking. (At the conference, I also witnessed the profound respect given to seniors…the “aunties” in particular. It was a great learning conference!)

Then I have those big one-word questions for God: Who? How? Why? Where? when?

In Mark 3:11, Jesus told his closest disciples: “When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”

So whether I am in a tough spot or just bewildered about what is next, I wait for the Holy Spirit to bring the words I need for that time. And in the meantime, I will be patient, listening and waiting for His best for me.

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