“Why? Why? Why? Why?” Have you ever been around a “Why” child who cannot stop pondering the purpose behind the existence of things? Why is the sky blue? Why is that dog barking? Why is it raining? Too much time around a tyke like this, and your default response to every question becomes, It just is, ok?!
The countless “Why” questions of curious kids reflect the human need to know purpose. From banking to groceries to family to work to leisure – Why do we do what we do? This pondering is not a bad thing. If we didn’t ponder problems, we would never embrace purpose by pursuing solutions. We naturally look for purpose in the systems and realities we see around us. We also naturally desire and explore purpose in our own lives asking, Why am I even here?
This question pops from the intense craving in every human to know they matter. Just like the child considering the ocean colored hues of the sky and the designs of the universe, we all want to know the destiny connected to our design.
My Grandpa is a deep thinker and distinguished storyteller. There is one particular story he shares often with family because of his marked passion for it’s message (I’m not talking a small family here … eighteen kids makes for countless story times with Dad and Grandpa).
At a Retreat Centre in Saskatoon years ago, he sat in a lecture contemplating some big “Why” questions … The Priest used a powerful analogy to connect design to destiny, among other fascinating astronomical arguments. He compared the moving parts of a watch to the order and patterns of the universe. The Priest explained that if he shook the parts of a watch in a box, no matter how long he rattled the gears, they would never come together to form a watch. Not unless a crafter got busy with the parts. This is true of the universe. It is true for the blue sky, and it is remarkably true for you. For the details of your DNA, your personality and your passions. Someone had to put you together – your life is not arbitrary or haphazard.
Not only have you been designed for destiny, but by someone fantastically creative, full of honor, with the ability to think reflectively and make decisions. Our favorite furry friends do not have these characteristics or abilities, but we have been made in His image. People have been designed for destiny, uniquely. We have been made to reflect His dazzling attributes through creativity, wise decision making and spiritual power that comes from the cross of Christ.
When our decision-making tore us from perfect relationship with God, He solved the problem. He loved on a tree. He was held there by nail-weapons designed by humans to hold structures in place; He poured blood, like we do. He made the wrong of our decisions right by one act. Forgiveness extended to those willing to accept. He hung high so that we can walk in our “Why?” … Our purpose. You were made to know God, to be fulfilled by that relationship, and to partner with Him on an incredible adventure. Purpose-tinted days have been designed for you, ordered for you, like the moving parts of a watch. Today, may you find the High Why of your life, and walk there.