The Ultimate Question

The ultimate question is not self-definition. The ultimate question is not what will happen to our country the next 4 or 8 years? The ultimate question is not what I am good at…and never ask what am I weak at…rather, ask what do I need to improve? Where is the wick to be lengthened not the converse?

It is grounded in my soul and murmured in my heart. The ultimate question is, WHO IS GOD?

God answered to Moses, “I am Who I am.” Since there are no Hebrew being verbs what God was saying…and this is according to a brilliant Old Testament professor Brevard Childs and a good friend who is wiser than wise, Walter Brueggemann, God is saying “I will be who I need to be…with you…always.”

My God listens more than speaks. My God is not looking down sympathetically [which unto itself is condescending]. Rather, my God is with and within me empathetically. Certainly I frustrate God but God never tosses me aside, and I don’t believe the words impatient or rejection or hopeless are God vocabulary.

Of course. I could be wrong.

But I never live as if I’m wrong on this. Because I live with integrity and fidelity. The manner by which I live, at least with effort and intention, is the manner by which Christ lived. It is the power of Psalm 23. It is the promise, “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” And when that happens—it never doesn’t happen personally—two new realities take over: energy and tenacity.

So I ask. Not what’s in your wallet? But who is God and who are you? The closer they become the brighter the new day and the hope in life and love in living have every chance in the world of being assured.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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