Legendary director Terrence Malick’s most recent offering, The Tree of Life, has some majestic scenes of the formation of the universe. In these scenes we get a picture of the transcendence of God. As the vastness of the universe is displayed, a voice, the voice of a mother asks some significant questions:
“Did you know? Who are we to you? Answer me”
Every human being asks these questions at some point. Particularly in the face of pain, in the face of unfulfilled expectations, and in the face of what seems like silence from God.
Whilst Scripture reminds us that God is making himself known through creation, the declarations that God is making about himself are not always heard. Or they are misunderstood. At times it can feel like God is distant and aloof.
What hope do our friends and family have in answering their questions or yearnings if the only tool they have is to wrestle with is the general revelation of God? They have some. Every now and then it’s enough for a person. They see God clearly through creation. But for many their sense of God is too fuzzy or hazy to be certain. They are left with the questions Malick raises in his movie.
Perhaps that’s why the apostle Paul penned these words in Romans 10: 14. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
For most of us we need someone to enter into the conversation about God and wrestle with the questions of life and faith. If you are a Christian, no doubt someone had these sort of conversations with you in a respectful way. How about you engage in these sorts of conversations with your family and friends?