Remember when you were a little kid, and you used to drive your Mom crazy asking her questions all the time?
"Why's the sky blue?"
"Why do ladybugs have spots?"
"What makes rain wet?"
"How come, if I put a caterpillar in my ear, I still can't hear him talk?" - (OK, maybe my brother was the only one to ask this quetion, followed by a quick trip to the ER)
But you get my point.
As children we are VERY inquisitive. Invariably,our questions began to drive our parents mad (as our children do us.) And, if you grew up in a Christian household, or a household that believed in God at least; I am sure you heard this response eventually "Ask God when you get to heaven!" (I heard that a lot! My list has to be about 1200 pages long by now.)
Chris Rice apparently got this advice, too. And he took it to heart and never forgot it. On his 2002 album Smell the Color 9 he recorded this song "Questions for Heaven":
[color:"red"] Feel the sun in my eyes
Swat that clumsy fly
Woke me up from a dream about Heaven
Smellin' coffee downstairs
Yawn a quick little prayer
Get up at a quarter to seven
Mirror catches my stare
Got some nice pillow hair
I smile all the way to the bathroom
Scratch my whiskery chin
Now my cranium spins
With questions I can't wait to ask You
Like: Why did You bother with so many stars?
Do You ever play tricks on the angels?
And what happened to all of those dinosaurs?
Where's the Garden of Eden?
And what causes de ja vu?
I guess in Heaven I'll learn
I'll be waiting my turn
To ask about quasars and feathers
Hope the line isn't long
Hope Your patience is strong
It's a good thing forever's forever
Do our jokes make You laugh?
What's Your favorite cartoon?
Can You tell me what's out past the edges?
And what about UFOs, taste buds, and tornados?
Why do we dream?
Oh, and what causes de ja vu?
Time to call it a day
Time to turn off my brain
It's already half past eleven
Reach to turn out the light
Close my sleepy eyes
And save up the questions for Heaven
I'll save all the questions for Heaven
I'm savin' up questions for Heaven [/color]
The thing I love so much about this song is Rice's absolute quality of innocence he manages to hang onto even as an adult. The background music is even circus music! It's like being a little kid again; and when it comes to God - that's all we ever are. His beloved little kids, and He's very patient with us. <img src="/images/graemlins/music.gif" alt="" />