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Topic: Write in the MYSTERY genre (04/05/07)
- TITLE: Who, What, Why
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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It’s Good Friday as I sit here alone on this gray overcast afternoon and contemplate the “who” of my story. The Word, the Creator, the Son, the Lamb of God, the Messiah, the Savior, the Redeemer, the Prince of Peace, the list of names goes on and on.
I usually refer to Him as Jesus when speaking of Him and Lord when talking to Him. I’ll admit that it’s taken a long time in our relationship to arrive at my current understanding of who He is. I also hope and believe that as time goes by my comprehension will increase.
My thoughts move next to the, “what” of my tale. I’m of course referring to, “what” He did. I know what He did because He explains it in terms that even I can understand, in His Word, the Bible. It tells us that He created all things, that He came to do the will of His Father, that He paid the price for our sins, and that He has gone to prepare a place for us.
Once again this list can go on and on. What He did for us, by His own choice, motivated by His love for us, is nearly incomprehensible with our limited wisdom. However, I believe that all of us who call him Lord have a pretty good grasp of “what He did.”
Now comes the greatest mystery, at least in my life. The question of “why?” This thought has stayed with me throughout my walk with Him. I’m familiar with all the scripture verses telling of His love for us.
I understand it, I believe it, and I confess it but that lingering question often revisits my mind. My finite intellect can never fully comprehend the extent of His love, or why He did, what He did.
There are so many things that attempt to convey this topic to me. Scripture, hymns, praise songs, even the beauty of creation itself all try to help me understand this concept.
A popular old song always comes to my mind at times like this. It’s title quite appropriately is, “Why Me Lord?” It always causes my emotions to escalate when I think of it. One line in particular reads; “What have I ever done, to receive even one, of the blessings you give?” I have always been able to share the singer’s heart regarding this song.
Please don’t misunderstand me, I know that I have done nothing to merit or earn my salvation. I am totally overwhelmed when I think of, “who” He is and, “what” He did, but I’m afraid that I’ll never understand the “why” until the day when this finite being stands before Him in His Infinite Glory and I gaze upon His face. I trust, hope, and believe, at that moment, I may understand the “why.”
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