When Micaiah was four years old, Terry one day found a tick on him. It was then that she took the time to explain the importance of being alert to ticks, because ticks bite and will cause serious illness to humans.
After a few minutes passed, Micaiah walked over to his mother, and looking up, he simply asked the question, “Why?”
Terry responded, “Why about what, Micaiah?”
“Why do ticks bite people?” he wanted to know.
So, Terry explained that God made ticks to suck blood for survival.
The explanation apparently threw the youngster into the realm of unexplained theological questions, because, as he wondered out loud, “Why would God make a tick to suck my blood?”
Micaiah actually was somewhat offended at God.
It does make one wonder since ticks are usually unseen grass-and-weed critters that drop on you before you know it. Then they look for the most vulnerable body point they can find just to fill their craws at our expense, sometimes leaving infection as a consequence of their thirst for blood. However, though the issue was far from being satisfactorily explained to Micaiah on that particular summer afternoon about God’s role and reason in making ticks, there is an important matter to consider in light of it.
It is found in the fact that Micaiah was still going to church. He was still singing about Jesus. He was still learning about the Bible. He was still making his child-like progress in faith in God. An unanswered question about why God would make a tick to suck his blood did not hinder Micaiah and his budding relationship with God. By contrast, it is the unfortunate result with many people that, when they come to have unanswered and unexplained questions, they essentially turn their backs on God. They refuse to have any more to do with him.
In this day and age when scientific and technological explanations are given almost daily, it is as if it is now ingrained in the human expectations of life to have God explain himself before we consider him worthy enough to be embraced. This is just in many respects a trick of the human trade, whereby people think they can control God with a question, and vindicate themselves from having to fulfill the spiritual responsibility most everyone senses we have before God.
Nonetheless, people often ask me some pointed God-related, Bible-related questions about which I do not have answers. Out of grief, sometimes out of bitterness, at other times because of disappointment, people feel that it is imperative to have explained to them why it appears as though God caused a tragedy or did not prevent heartache.
But, my question is, “Do we need to have everything explained in detail to us just so we may decide to have relationship with God and faith in God?”
I think that it is very interesting a question that God put to Job. God asked, “Does the rain have a father?” It is not only an interesting question, but also noteworthy that God did not give it a detailed explanation in order that Job would have deeper faith.
There are several facts that satisfy my soul as I, too, have to deal with the complexities of life. First, the evil events that occur are not God’s fault. The blame belongs to Satan. Second, Jesus Christ died and rose again that I may possess the hope of eternal life. Third, I am convinced that God loves me. Fourth, God is the absolute sovereign.
Says the scripture, “Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out. He is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice. He does not afflict.” These facts make unanswered questions unimportant.
Micaiah still insists that he plans on asking God the tick question when he gets to Heaven. That tick that bit him made a lasting impression. Maybe I should have bit him.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.