Splenomegaly is a disease that causes the human spleen to become enlarged. When this happens it affects the spleen's ability to do its job of filtering abnormal blood cells from the blood stream. However, splenomegaly doesn't just affect the spleen. As it becomes enlarged it can hinder the rest of the organs ability to function as they are intended. Your body needs the space it was created with in order to function the way it is intended to function.
I've been in the Church a long time and sometimes I feel like there isn't space for all of who we are. Being in community with people is messy because people aren't perfect. However, sometimes it feels like we have to check our doubts, fears, and failures at the door in order to, "be perfect like your father in heaven is perfect" (note: this is so out of context, I know. It was one of the first youth group sermons I heard in 6th grade and temporarily gave me a very false view of grace).
So what do we do? How can we create the kind of space that makes it not just okay but welcomed to ask big questions?
I talked in my last post about faith. Faith is complete trust. Asking big questions doesn't mean we don't have faith. It means we do have faith that even our biggest questions about God, faith, and life won't change who God is. We can try as hard as we want, people have tried for thousands of years, but we can't change who God is. Asking questions leads us closer to God. It creates space to for us to function as fully as we were intended. We ask big questions because we follow a bigger God.
Scripture: "And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." Ephesians 3:18-19
Asking huge questions leads us closer to understanding how wide, long, high, and deep God's love for us is. So what are your big questions? Who can you talk about them with?