Five Minute Friday: Why

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Gentle Reader,

I stumbled into the world of teenage YouTube today.

Thankful I am that the platform didn’t exist when I was younger. The videos that I and my friends would have posted… #drama

Please, young people: Don’t share anything and everything.

Kate says: why.

Go.

Pause the nature documentary and Google: Why does this frog do that?

Watch the Olympics and wonder: Why did anyone ever think that cross-country skiing and shooting at clay targets should get together and have the baby that is the biathlon?

Scroll through my news feed and ask: Why another school shooting?

“Why” is an odd word. We use it in the context of gathering information. We use it sarcastically. We sigh it and scream it in the face of tragedy that has no answer.

The fundamental human question.

Animals don’t seek. They operate on instinct. They don’t want or need to know.

We do. We’re haunted by the want and the need. The answers we find lead to more questions. We long for the fullness of knowledge, but it remains just beyond our reach. That, I think, is a sign of the aching for eternity that the wise man tells us God placed in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We can’t fit it all neatly in a box.

We desperately need the One who can.

Stop.

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