What’s the Question?
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: A poster with a large question mark printed on it.
Look at this poster and tell me what you see. Yes, a question mark. What does that mean? It means there is something unknown. It means more information is needed.
We see questions marks in books when the character in a book asks a question. We see questions marks on tests when the teacher wants to know if you understand the lessons.
We also hear questions. When someone asks a question, it means that person needs help and is wondering if another person might know the answer to their question. The question might be, “Where is the library?” or “What time is it?” or “Can you come out and play?”
Do you have a lot of questions? That is a good thing. Asking questions is how we learn and grow. Even Jesus had questions. When he was twelve he had traveled to Jerusalem with his parents to observe the festival of the Passover. When the festival was over his parents left and had traveled about a day when they discovered that Jesus was not with them.
They were very worried and returned to Jerusalem to look for him. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions” (2:46).
Don’t be afraid of questions. Your parents, teachers, and pastors are available to help with questions you might have. It is good to wonder about things and ask questions. Questions help us understand more about ourselves, the world, and God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan