Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdomPsalm 51:6
The brawny woman behind the ice cream counter slammed the scoop into a tub of butter brickle so hard it rattled the glass. Clearly discontented, she never looked up at my teenage brother and me–not even to hand us our double-dip cones.
That’s when my older sibling, rarely hesitant, asked the most daring question:
Maam, do you enjoy your job?My brave brother
THAT got her attention! The ice cream lady looked up, glaring at my brother like a roller derby queen about to pounce. For a second, I thought she would jump over the counter and start wailing on him with that scoop. But almost as quickly as it came, her penetrating stare softened into a heedful gaze. Even an eight year old me could see the wheels turning; it was an aha moment.
“No, I don’t like my job,” the woman said with growing resolution. “I used to be a truck driver, trucking is what I really want to do.”Ice Cream Lady
That was it. We paid for our ice cream and took a seat. But, clearly, the would be truck driver experienced a catharsis. Prompted by my brother’s question, she told herself the truth.
Good questions. God likes to ask them too.
I looked it up, the first question God asks is in Genesis chapter three. Adam and Eve have just eaten the forbidden fruit and hide when they hear God out for a walk. But God calls out to Adam,
“Where are you?”Genesis 3:9
God knew the answer, of course–He always does–but he could have said, “What have you done?” Thankfully, He is more concerned Father than pitiless inquisitor (2 Peter 3:9). He just wants us to come back.
Today, may both you and I tell ourselves the truth–whatever it is.
Speak the truth and see what happens.Dr. Jordan Peterson