I started with the two chapters my guide led me to, then read to the end.
Because I knew the end would give me hope, I knew the ending would set things right or at least enthuse me to believe.
Can you list the things too wonderful for you to know?
I read this from the Book of Job and it never fails, I want to say,
“Could you possibly find a better word there, could you consider using “challenging” or “heart-breaking” or maybe even “shameful”?
Wouldn’t it make sense just to say “unfair” or things you carry on your back like a sack of bricks ’cause you’re confounded wondering “How could I have done better…obviously, it’s my fault that this has happened, please show me, God.” ?
Job chose to respond to God after losing everything, I mean e v e r y t h i n g,
with words that expressed his understanding of His power and well, that He is God.
I read of the astute men questioning Job, backing him into a corner like the tiny room interrogation of a mislead and mistaken kid caught up in a crime and not at fault.
Everyone looking for an admission of what Job might have done to bring this on himself.
Years ago, I wrote a piece about speculation following the suicide of a young person. Good mamas and daddies lost sons and I heard stories of what tales were being woven over the teen’s choice to die. People speculating the horrors hidden by a family as a way to be certain it might never show up on their doorstep.
Job just listened to those who accused, cornered and questioned him. There had to be some hidden sin, had to be a reason God would destroy the life of such a fine man.
Job’s friends found no answer, so they found him in the wrong, went their way.
Another “burned with anger” towards Job because he justified himself rather than God.
His family had long abandoned him, telling him to curse God and die.
Words like rebuke, contend, assert and condemn, the themes of the chapters describing the attempt of others to understand why God had chosen close to death hardship for Job.
Then, the Lord speaks to Job. He listens and everything is changed.
Forlorn, frustrated, filthy and weak, he listens to God reminding Him who He is.
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?
Can you send forth lightning strikes, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are?'”
And I visualize Job listening like a child, quietly enthralled by His Father’s presence.
I like to think how it would have been to have God finally speak, the awe, the relief, the absolute welcome of his “coming through” just in time.
I see Job changing, almost a dead man coming back to life, his face more softened and longing to hear more.
Like a parent saying I love you, let’s talk, let me remind you of some things about my love for you.
We will begin again.
I’m still here for you.
Then God asked Job a question, “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?” Job 40:2
And Job answered, with just a few words.
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.” vs. 4
God continues to uplift and strengthen Job, comparing him to a most massive animal.
Job listens still and then responds with a confession and repentance, words so splendid, I long to never forget them.
“Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Job 42:1-3 NIV
Confession? Repentance? But, I thought Job was blameless, thought he was one of God’s chosen and most righteous.
Yes, but he wondered why.
He sat in wonder and was abandoned by, surrounded by others who wondered.
He never succumbed to denying God, he only questioned.
Then, gently he was reminded of his speck of dust part in God’s great and wonderful world.
Yes, I’m enthused to believe.
There are hard things, changes, decisions that make no sense and come like a hard and unexpected kick of your feet from under you.
I love that Job questioned his plight.
I love more that he understood his inability to understand and that He still believed in God.
Job was restored and the friends who turned their backs on him, they were forgiven and restored.
Job asked God to forgive them.
“And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job’s more than his beginning.”‘Job 42:12
He’s not finished with me yet.
I’m enthused to believe.
God is here for me.
I’m linking this post up at Tell His Story with others who write.
A beautiful story with beautiful photos in a beautiful place that took a time to become beautiful! I love this post that causes me to think of the ways I visualize perfection and miss all the little imperfections that over time are made perfectly complete. Lord, help me to see you are the grand designer, not me.
And then, to discover the Featured Writer is Meghan Weyerbacher is well, just more than enough, especially when I read how she keeps facing that big ole mountain and it’s not moving, so she decides to take it down little chunks at a time and more than quite okay with her progress. Yes, I loved this piece. Meghan is an encourager. She reads my blog. Call me naive or not confidently “writerly”, but, that means the world to me!
You see, I had always pictured the verse Mark 11:23 to be like an instantaneous happening. Every now and again I feel like if I pray and a mountain doesn’t move, that I don’t have enough faith or what it takes to do what I truly believe God led me to do. Meghan Weyerbacher