A blog for the spiritually curious about all things Jesus… that’s what this is. I was reflecting on the tag line just a moment ago, and wondering what it would look like.
This year at work, we’re completing a suite of pedagogical workshops which has curiosity in the title. The whole premise appears to be that curiosity makes for quality learning when applied by both students and teachers alike.
Are students curious about the subject matter? If yes, then they will learn through seeking for more content, nutting it out and working out how it applies to their lives.
Are teachers still curious about what makes for quality learning? Are they curious about what’s going on with so-and-so in the room, or what made that last lesson good, bad or ugly? Surely this will make for an improvement in quality teaching and learning.
What about God? Are we still curious about him? Or have we gotten disinterested?
Much like in schools, it doesn’t matter if you’re a ‘student’ or ‘teacher’, curiosity is valid and needed. We are all still learning when it comes to God. No one ever leaves his ‘school’.
All this talk about curiosity reminds me of a verse in Jeremiah:
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
I often think about that verse within a conversion context, but I question whether that is the only way to consider it. Certainly, those who are far away from God will be brought near when they are truly curious, truly seeking him. That’s why such people are often referred to by Christians as ‘seekers’.
We could just as easily call them curious.
However, I don’t think curiosity stops at the point of conversion. It is very easy to think that we’ve worked out enough, or that we’re too busy to be curious.
I get that. The busy part. I think that if I wanted to be curious with God on a daily basis, I’d need to get up at 4am. Perhaps I should? Or perhaps, now that I have 2-weeks of school holidays before me, I should use the time to be spiritually curious.
That reminds me of another verse. This time, from Isaiah:
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Only the curious will perceive anything; springing or otherwise.
Have we lost our curiosity with God? Have we stopped listening?
We will seek him and find him, when we seek him with all our hearts. That’s what he says.
Are we curious enough to go looking, no matter where we are up to on our journey with him?
Yours in continued curiosity,