A simple mug with a question mark on it.
It perked my interest, but I left it on the shelf.
Then it caught my eye on the next visit...and the next one...
And then one visit I noticed the peculiar mug had been marked half off and was on sale for $2.50, so I bought it and use it often for my morning coffee.
Why would I want to buy such a mug?
Now, that's a good question!
(So sorry, I just couldn't resist. Haha.)
In all seriousness, it is because I can identify with that little mug. There have been times where I have felt as if my life has been marked by a big, huge question mark.
And it's been a journey. Because on the one hand, carrying unanswered questions can be incredibly trying and feel like weakness or lack of faith, but on the other hand it is marked by perseverance and seems evident of authentic faith. Still believing when you can't see all the answers right in front of you, but trusting that they are there.
Ultimately, love overcame! Death was defeated and victorious resurrection triumphed! Yet as Jesus hung on the cross in obedience to God as the sacrifice for our sins, literally giving his life and taking the punishment for those sins upon himself, he cried out to God with an agonizing question. The Bible records the question. It also records the sweat that became drops of blood. The weeping in the garden.