Long ago I read or heard something like this: "In the question is the answer."
It is my experience that God always answers, whatever the question is.
Now, at Godwriting™ workshops, I usually say: "If you get stuck for a question, you could ask:
God, what would You like to tell me?
Yes or No questions are to be avoided, for they they are more close-ended.
First, let me give a disclaimer: Everyone can ask any question he or she chooses because Godwriting is between each individual and God, and God loves all. It is not for me to tell anyone what they must or must not do, yet the schoolteacher in me comes out and won't be denied! Ask open-ended questions! Don't ask Yes or No questions!
That doesn't mean, however, that I haven't asked on an occasion or two, "What would You like to tell me, God?" So I am also talking to myself in this blog entry.
God always answers our questions. He answers.
Of course, the answer to "Is there anything you want to tell me?"is Yes! God doesn't fail.
The way I see it is that a standardized question, in whatever form, is a lazy question, perhaps a question to keep the questioner from emotion and going further. A heartfelt question has more meat to it. It says more. It invites more. It gives God an opportunity to go down deeper hallways.
A more specific question tends to open a flow of words, from the Godwriter himself or herself as well as from God in His response. Do I make my point?!!!
But God does not always follow rules! Not always does a deeper longer question open a flow of words from God!
In this very last Continuing Ed workshop that the past two blog entries are about, I wrote a long long question to God about this very topic of writing longer deeper questions! Smarty that I am, I went on for two long pages on how Godwriters are to pour their hearts into their questions!
Now I will share God's hilarious response with you:
Oops, so now I just went to look for God's response to share it with you, and now, alas, I don't find the notebook anywhere. Where is it?!!!
I don't remember the exact response God gave, but for each page of my wonderful question, He answered one sentence. The irony of it all. My perfect example of a long deep question, and God gives a very short answer!
When I read my question and God's response aloud at the workshop, we all laughed out loud.
Ginger, Sharon, Laura, do any of you possibly recall the two short sentences in which God gave me my comeuppance?
By the way, always be organized, most especially with your Godwriting.