God called to the Man: “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 The Message)
As we continue our quest with question words, we arrive today at where. Where, believe it or not has it origins with who. Knowing where we are, apparently can lead us to a deeper understanding of who we are.
I find it quite interesting that the first question GOD asks is “Where are you?” He could have started with a different question, but he doesn’t. His first concern is the whereabouts of his newly created human beings. Where matters.
Where can be about place, but in this context, I believe it is about proximity. GOD the Creator, seems forlorn that his new companions have moved out of his sight. He could have directly chastised them, but instead he asks, “Where are you?” “Why have you moved?” “Don’t you want to be with me and enjoy our evening walk?” I can’t say with certainty what the mood was in those moments, but I imagine GOD was sad.
Out of all the questions, where is the one most anchored in the physical. When we ask where, we want to know the physical location of a person or place or thing. Like, “Where are my keys?” Also, where can be used figuratively. One example, where both meanings apply is the question: “Where are you going?” It could be taken as a question about your destination. Or it could be interpreted, as where are you going with this idea or plan? I find it very intriguing, this question of where, so much more to explore.
As with all of these questions, a definition can expand our understanding.
a: at, in, or to what place <where is the house> <where are we going> b : at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, circumstances, or respect <where does this plan lead> <where am I wrong> (www.m-w.com)
How does your where influence the way you experience your who-ness?