When’s the last time you recall a conversation where a question was asked and the person replied, “Wow! That’s a good question”? I’ve been on both sides of that, and mostly likely you have also. Those are life-giving conversations.
Elijah had one of those conversations with God in 1 Kings 19. In this case, Elijah got asked this question, not once but twice: “What are you doing here?” Similar to God questioning Adam and Eve in the Garden and to Jesus asking Peter the same question three times, this conversation was a learning moment, one that gave direction to a wandering child of God.
Is there shame in wandering? I’m guessing if there were God wouldn’t bother showing up to ask us a question. He doesn’t show up because he’s lost or doesn’t know the answer. He’s showing up for our benefit. The answer to his question is for our learning, our misdirection, and our relationship with him.
Are you wandering? Are you lacking direction? Elijah had walked 40 days and nights and entered a cave where this conversation happened. What if you gave God that much attention or space so that you could have a life-giving conversation? What would it take to put yourself in position to hear when God asks you a question?