I started something new this week: A running list of questions. You might ask the question, why are you keeping a list of questions? So I’ll try to answer that now.
I’ve always been that student that asks a ton questions about an assignment before I start it. Or I’ll go up to the teacher and ask questions to clarify a question on a test. Or in volleyball practice, I’ll ask the coach about the drill five times before we can start it.
In short, I like to know things before I do things.
Although I do not think this quality is necessarily bad, it's a quality that has been challenged several times since starting college. College is full of change and surprises. Did I think I would change my major three times in two years? Did I think I would be rooming with two people this year I did not know at all before Dordt? NO! And guess what, that is okay!
Two of my classes this semester are theology classes. One of them deals with studying the first five books of the Bible and the other is a methods class on how to study the Bible. Guess what again, 4 weeks into the semester, I have asked way more questions than I ever have…and I have found answers to very few of the questions. So, back to the running list of questions...I’ve decided to write down every question that comes to my head and let it sit on that piece of paper. I have learned that asking questions is healthy and is encouraged. Maybe I’ll look back at the questions later in life and have answers to them, and maybe I never will get the answers.
Instead of confusing everyone and encouraging everyone to be confused all the time and question everything, here are two pieces of advice I have when dealing with questions:
1. Go to your professors’ offices and ask questions! They are there to discuss things with you and help you learn. Take advantage of learning from people who have years of experience and knowledge in a certain area of study. And if it’s not a professor, go to any person and just talk about things. Don’t bottle everything up—let it out and let others help you through your questions.
2. Don’t be afraid of unanswered questions. God’s bigger picture of our life is not always evident right away. Sometimes our answers come in ways we totally didn’t expect! Be obedient to God’s will for your life and trust the life that he has planned for us—it will be much better than anything we can plan on our own.
I’m slowly learning to be more comfortable with not knowing. I'm slowly learning to be okay with the unknown. I encourage you to do the same :)