If you could ask God anything, what would it be?
(Don’t be afraid to get it wrong.)
As a part of my meditation this morning, I was sitting with my mind very quiet. All of the sudden I heard a voice (in my mind) say, “What would you like to ask me?”
Imagine, you have an audience with the creator of the universe and He asks you that question. The question wasn’t, “What can I do for you?” Or “What do you want?” It was a very open-ended question…almost like a test to see what was in my heart.
I didn’t know what to say for some time. A lot of stuff started coming up, but I evaluated each thing that came to mind and wondered if I could come up with something better. For example, when the idea of asking for more money came up, I thought, “Do I really want that to be my main question?”
Next, I thought of King Solomon in the bible. He asked God for wisdom to lead his people. God told him that, because he made such a noble request, that he would also give him fame and riches untold. I wasn’t sure that’s what I wanted to ask for, but the idea of asking for knowledge and understanding seemed very noble to me.
So, in other words, I started thinking about qualities of character. I liked the idea of asking for something deep and spiritual that could also manifest in physical and material satisfaction.
But then I remembered the Apostle Paul saying something about how knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Love. Yeah, it doesn’t get any deeper than that. That’s what I need more of. Hey, isn’t love one of the fruits of the Spirit?
Ho, then I got really spiritual and I thought what I could ask for are the fruits of the Spirit…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, etc. But then it occurred to me that those things are fruits, or manifestations, of the Spirit. What I could really be asking for, then, is to be filled with the Holy Spirit…so I could have the fruits of the Spirit in my life and therefore experience the good things that would naturally result from having those fruits.
Ah, I was feeling really good about what I decided to ask for. I thought I would blog about that.
Evidently, though, I wasn’t done. My soul wasn’t entirely satisfied just yet. Hey, not that there’s anything wrong with asking for things, but I remembered the original question. It was simply, “What would you like to ask me?”
What I was really longing for was connection. I finally asked, “How can I feel you more? How can I experience you more? How can I connect with you more and experience your glory? How can I stay here, with you, all the time?
Finally, I realized what I really wanted to ask God: Nothing. “Just being here with you has answered all my questions.”