Understanding comes through good questions. By “wondering” with someone, you discover their heart and soul, their passions and joys, and their struggles and fears. Wondering through good questions is really the primary means by which we truly can understand others.
I imagine that if you were to reflect on some of the closest relationships in your life you would find this to be true. We don’t always recall the actual questions we asked, but we remember the thoughts and feelings we uncovered through them. Wondering leads to a connection—a conduit if you will—through which we can in turn share our own hearts with the person.
Jesus would regularly ask questions of others to probe their hearts and minds. It’s interesting, because He didn’t really have to. As God He already knows everything about people—about you and me.
O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 (ESV)
God knows you intimately and loves you completely, despite all your sins and failings. Even so, He invites us to share our joys and struggles; our hopes and fears. He welcomes our questions as we probe His heart and are reassured of His great love for us. He fills you with His Spirit to this end:
…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV)
Let’s “wonder” with God and probe the breadth and length and height and depth of His love, and let’s wonder with others as we look for opportunities to share that same love with them.