A good ol’ boy and his 5-year old son were out fishing early one morning. As usual the boy couldn’t be quiet. He was full of questions.
“Hey dad, how come the dragon flies hover like that?” To which dad replied, “Don’t rightly know, son.” A minute later, “Hey dad, how come the water’s blue like that?” Dad’s reply? “Don’t rightly know, son.” Another minute passed. “Hey dad, where do all fish go in the winter?” “Don’t rightly know, son.” It went on and on like this for the whole morning.
As they started packing up to head home the little guy looked up and asked, “Hey dad, do all my questions bother you?” His dad answered, “Heck no, son. How else are you gonna learn?”
Well, dad was right. You don’t learn if you don’t ask questions. But that’s not all there is to it. You’ve got to be paying attention to what’s going on around you. You’ve got to be open to the possibility that you don’t know everything. Most of all, you’ve got to be willing to ask someone who actually knows more than you.
This is the second commitment of an apprentice of Jesus: To learn to do life from Jesus.