Job

Have you ever noticed there are some people that seem to go through more than the average amount of hardship? It seems that these Job-like people are continually facing trials and heartaches of monumental proportions. My friend Kathy is one of these people. Losing her husband to cancer a few months ago was tragic. We all watched as she walked through his illness with her chin up. She was inspirational in her quiet, determined way. Since the funeral, she has been a trooper as she works while she grieves.
Now the unthinkable, last night, her house burned. She and her children are fine, but the “why her” question hangs in my mind like a fog. As I walked through what is left of her house this afternoon, the smell brought memories of our own fire. The mess and the overwhelming feelings of lost-ness…a sense of what do I do? What is my next step? It is kind of an aimless feeling of helplessness just wandering from room to room, taking stock of what you have…and what you have lost.
I have to admit, I have wondered what Job must’ve felt like at time or two in my life. I have admired his determination to hold fast to God even in his confusion, even when his “friends” tried to convince him to “curse God and die.” (What great friends he had!) Even when he questioned God, and God answered his questions with more questions Job saw his error and humbled himself with great speed. It was in that moment that he saw the truth of who God is. It was that realization which made his trials grow strangely dim.
It seems to me, that in traumatic life changes we must go back to what we know to be true. Not that we have left it exactly, but to revisit the truths of God in the dark moments of life brings perspective. We learn lessons of wisdom throughout our journey and it is this foundation, which we build upon…because it is solid in the midst of the storms. So what do we know? God is good. He can see the bigger picture. God loves us more than we can comprehend. He is for us and with us. God never leaves or forsakes us…even though sometimes we wonder about that. He is trustworthy. God is faithful. His ways are not our ways…and in the end, that is usually a very good thing.
If I were God I would not have allowed me to have cancer, but then I would not know how precious every moment of life is. If I were God, I would not have allowed my house to burn, but then I would not know how little material things really mean. If I were God, I would not have allowed _____________. Fill in your own blank. With every trial comes a life altering epiphany. A new view. Hard and painful as they may be, the heart wrenching moments transform us. In the midst…not so great. Afterwards…grace-filled life, compassion, perspective, and abundance. A reality filled with the love of Christ, which has walked the very same places we now tread. A bond with the Savior through shared suffering. It is the tenderizing of our hearts, so that we can intimately commune with him.
I would not wish cancer, death or fire on anyone. I am sure my friend would agree with me on that one. However, I know that despite the emotions, a work of grace is in progress. During tough times, no matter what kind of tough times, God draws near the brokenhearted. He holds them close. He weeps tears with them. Then he creates beauty out of the ashes, and replaces the mourning with dancing. It is his way and he teaches it to us, his beautiful children, because he so loves to see us dance.

2 thoughts on “Job

  1. Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night (Job 35:10)
    Is yoours the night of discouragement with fancied or actual failure.
    No one understands you, but your maker draws neigh and gives you a song-
    a song of hope, the song which is harmonious with the strong,
    deep mmusic of His Providence.

  2. Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night (Job 35:10)
    Is yours the night of discouragement with fancied or actual failure.
    No one understands you, but your maker draws neigh and gives you a song-
    a song of hope, the song which is harmonious with the strong,
    deep music of His Providence.
    He that giveth songs in the night, He must first make it night.
    The sky is filled with stars,invisable to day

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