Has your path left a long shadow behind you of late?
When you look back at before do you see only the grey, the narrow thinning of your best days?
This is not the case.
We rarely see the places our light remains. This, I believe is always always God’s intent, we don’t have to see it, see Him to know the light in us is never dimmed.
We don’t have to know the places the light he gave us remains.
Maybe that’s grace that says this is humility.
Maybe it’s mercy that says there’s new every morning, let’s move forward.
Some days I skip the Old Testament passage my guide tells me is for today.
Job 29 and 30 is Job’s defense, his argument with God. I suppose you might say it’s sad.
But, it’s honest.
Job is recalling his standing amongst others, the way people responded to his walking by, the commitments he made to others and followed through. Maybe you’ve been in a similar place. Yesterday, God positioned me with a woman of faith, we caught up and she assured me she’d sensed some recent changes had been uneasy.
We were in agreement, God grows us up in those seasons, helps us not fight for our reputations, to sit in silence and let Him lead.
While I’d never compare my life to Job’s, I learn something new each time I turn to his book. Today, it wasn’t the inventory of all his good he reminds God of in these chapters. It was to me a couple of verses I think may have been his lasting peace.
His memories of the way he was with others. This cherished. What Job remembered being, doing, believing it was good.
“I smiled on them when they had no confidence, and the light of my face they did not cast down.”
Job 29:24 ESV
What a beautiful thing, to have changed the environment or lessened someone’s pain by being near.
Yes, this is enough.
My friend and I talked about the enemy yesterday too.
How revelations like the one above will try to be dulled by gossipers, questioners, disputers and even our own doubts about your heart and soul’s intentions.
We are human, we get drawn towards bitterness and hurt. We learn as we go, hard times increase our faith.
It’s the soft light of our faith that will remain in the same way it did in other former places.
God’s light is ever slow to dull.
I am so thankful for Job. He teaches me every single time. God is always good.
Always faithful as we endure for the sake of His plans not our own.
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