A Boy’s Questions

Posted by Dave Bovenmyer on

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9–11 ESV

I remember a time when I was about seven years old. Dad had purchased some lumber and carried it into the backyard. Dad was my hero, especially when it came time for building things, and my brothers and I were bursting with curiosity. Walking beside him as he carried his tools out to where the lumber lay, I asked him one more time, “What are you building, Daddy?” But all he would answer was: “Something to make little boys ask questions.” He wanted to keep it a secret, to make it a surprise, and in that way to make it all the more special.

In spite of my ignorance of what he was building, I sensed it was going to be something good and eagerly helped as much as a seven-year-old could. Somewhere in the process, one of us figured out what it was going to be—a swing set! It turned out to have two swings, a homemade slide, and a teeter totter. It brought us hours of delight for many years.

Sometimes I wonder if our Heavenly Father is the same. He doesn’t always tell us what He’s doing. Maybe He wants to surprise us so that the end result is all the more special. Let’s trust Him today, like a little boy working alongside his father. Let’s trust His good heart, even when we don’t know what in the world He is doing, even when what He is building seems mysterious, strange, or meaningless. Certainly whatever He is doing will end in delight.

Submitted by:
Dave Bovenmyer

Stonebrook Community Church
Ames, Iowa

One-Year Bible Reading
Jeremiah 12:1-14:10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 24:30-34


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