[Five Minute Friday] Because

I remember certain conversations (or rather arguments?) with my sister or my mother when I was younger.
Normally we would fight about who would play who when we played “House”, who was supposed to clean the stairs, who would have to watch our little brother…

In the German language there’s this wonderful word that can solve every argument. DOCH (as English speakers, try to pronounce it, it will sound like a machine gun).
To any why question or why not not question, or even to a “you will threat” you can simply say Doch. It stands for everything you might be for or against. And for a child’s strongest will.

In English I sometimes miss this word, but BECAUSE is a pretty good contestant.
And interestingly, I still find myself in arguments (or was it rather conversations?).
This time, however, I am at the other end, and my partner is the Lord.
We talk about life, why things are hard sometimes.
Why I can’t be somewhere else now.
Why he still hasn’t done this and that.
Why I haven’t grown in such and such way.

And his answer often includes BECAUSE.

Luckily, he gives more than just this word.
Whenever the Israelites argued with the Lord, he sure gave them a whole list on why’s.
The Bible is full of BECAUSE.

Don’t hate yourself BECAUSE I love you.
Don’t give up BECAUSE I am with you.
Don’t be afraid BECAUSE I will carry you through the fire.
Give freely to others BECAUSE I have given everything for you.
You’re not worthless BECAUSE I have redeemed you.

His BECAUSE silences any kind of why or what we could ever come up with.
I am glad that the Lord and I can talk, yes even argue at times. But I am even more grateful that he wins every time.

Linking up with Kate Motaung for five minutes of writing, no editing, and sharing with a wonderful community!

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

8 thoughts on “[Five Minute Friday] Because”

  1. Thanks for visiting and for your addition, so amazing that God's character is enough!
    Thanks so much for the compliment, it doesn't always happen, sometimes I am “dry”, but sometimes it flows and then I just type as fast my fingers can go…:)

  2. This is perfect: “His BECAUSE silences any kind of why or what we could ever come up with.” And all I need to remember is “because He is God”. It reminds me of His answer to the question “Who are you?” … “I AM”. No other words needed because He alone is every answer. AMEN! I'm amazed at how you can provoke such profound thoughts in only five minutes… such a gift! Truly.

  3. Yes, because isn't a reason. But sometimes it can be real freedom to not always have to give an explanation. Good friends and God definitely will understand. šŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

  4. As kids, we used to always use “because” as an answer – especially when we were in trouble! “Why didn't you clean your room?” “Because!”
    Dad used to have a saying, “Because isn't a reason, fall down the stairs.” Apparantly it was more effective in Dutch – a poem or something? But it's true really, isn't it – “because” isn't a reason on it's own. So thank goodness God has the reasons that come after the “because”!
    Thanks for shring your words, Katha šŸ™‚

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