Who?

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” (Exodus 3:14a NIV)

As I contemplate the first question of the series, several references to “who” come to mind. First, I thought of when Moses met GOD at the burning bush, and in his own way he asked GOD, “Who are you?”  GOD gives Moses this simple, yet somewhat cryptic answer: “I am who I am.” Throughout history, and specifically through the person of Jesus, I believe GOD has been revealing aspects of his identity. (For a more thorough study you might want to consider studying the I AM statements that Jesus made about himself in the gospel of John.)

And then I thought of the blue caterpillar, and how he posed a similar question to Alice. Alice doesn’t have a definitive answer. But she knows that it is a question to be pondered, and her inability to answer the question stems from her existential circumstance. A day where many changes have occurred, and her identity seems to be the least of her concerns.

The question of who can be posed about ourselves or about others. The definition of who from http://www.m-w.com in it’s simplest form says this:

what or which person or people

—used to question a person’s character or authority

Aha! When I ask who, I am not just asking which particular person or people does the who represent, but I want to know more. And especially when I ask it of myself, I am wondering what makes me who I am or who I think I am. What’s my character? What kind of authority do I have? Over myself? Over my life? Over others? Very interesting.

In a blog series, I will never exhaust the existential question of who, but I did want to rouse questions. And I think this is enough to chew on for today. However, I will leave you with some words that ran through my mind, while taking the elevator to work this afternoon.

I am a who,

not a what

nor a when,

nor a where

nor even a how.

I may be a why, yet

mostly I am a who.

How does answering the who question raise other questions for you?

If you have time or inclination, answer the question: “Who am I?” in your journal or make a representative collage.

I would love to hear how you responded to this post in the comments, or on instagram or twitter using #7questions

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Who?

  1. Kel: The question of ‘Who am I?” comes to mind when we start to mature. We are our parent’s child. We are our child(ren)’s parent. But, each of us is a child of God. We are our husband’s wife. We are our neighbor’s friend, possibly. I went through some depression several years ago. This was one of the questions I had: “Who am I?”

  2. Cecelia- Thank you for sharing your connection of depression with this question. I know that when I am confused about my identity and purpose, I get down and lose hope. I think this is a crucial question that God invites us to answer with His perspective in mind. It has been a resounding question through each stage of my life, but especially, as I wondered what I would do with my life once my children left home. God in his goodness led me to writing and art as healing outlets. Each practice has been a way to reflect creativity in my life and to share creative pursuits with others!

  3. Wonderful insights here, Kel! i’m rushed, but I love this! So I will just say that when I am asked that at a meeting or conference, where introductions are expected to be routine, such as I am L.M., I am an author….whatever, I go deeper and say who I am in terms of my essence. It is surprising everytime!
    xxoo
    L

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