It’s gray and slow moving here. I love it so, a day that falls open waiting for me to fill, sans obligations.
I looked in the back of my Bible to direct me to the next words for today. First though, my thick book covered in cobalt blue fell open to the Book of Job.
Job always teaches me.
His condition, his surrender in the beginning, his confusion, his loneliness, his distress and maybe, eventually surrendering and accepting the life he knew will never be again.
I always learn from how he is battered by the abandonment and loss and yet open to learning from God, knowing God is still not just God, but His God!
Chastised by friends, cajoled to curse God and then having a discussion with his friend about God essentially saying tell God how you feel if you’d like because you don’t belong in this pit, you belong in the light.
I’m glad I have a couple of friends who pull me out of my pits, tell me I don’t belong there.
The verses towards the end of Chapter 33 are underlined in thick ink and have asterisks next to them and this is where my Bible fell open on this foggy, thoughtful morning.
This place and then Luke 1, the words of the angel to Mary reminding me the things I feel are impossible are possible with God.
“He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.
Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times…to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life.
Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; be silent, and I will speak. If you have any words, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify you. If not, listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Job 33:30-33 ESV
We were not created for the pit, the pit may be a place we go, wallow in, get trapped, either by choice or circumstance.
We are not meant to stay there, meant to emerge clearly wiser and more softened by His light.
Thank you, Heavenly Father for thoughtful thick mornings and for causing my Bible to open in the places I need reminding, need to be silent and grow more wise.
In Jesus name and because of mercy,
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