His disciples came to him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field.” (Matt. 13:36)

ONCE WHEN A MAN TOOK A SHORT HIKE with his small grandson, the child kept asking questions. “Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green?” The man had no time to think, so he could only keep saying, “I don’t know.” Finally, the youngster paused.

“Grandpa,” he asked, “you don’t mind me asking questions, do you?”

The grandfather smiled. “No, of course not. How else can you learn?”

Though that’s amusing, it’s really true and particularly so in our spiritual lives. We must ask God to explain what we don’t understand, like what’s going on in our lives.

When the disciples asked Jesus to clarify His story, He did so, just as God has always provided the proper information for His people in His own way and in His own timing. When He explains His plans and purposes, He does so only when we are ready to hear and understand.

Are you puzzled or even frustrated about what’s happening in your life? Or about what’s not happening? God definitely has the answers and the explanations. Ask, and wait for His solutions to become real.

Accept God’s answers, even if they are not what you want to hear.

Anne Adams lives in Athens, Texas, where she writes a weekly historical column for the Athens Review newspaper.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.