On Sunday our pastor talked about patience. He was preaching out of James 5 and showed that Job is called an example of steadfast patience, which is funny because Job spent 40 chapters arguing with God about the trials in his life. It really hit home for me that patience is not about sitting quietly and accepting whatever life brings, but it is about going to God with those questions and hashing it out with him.
In Job, God finally replies, but he doesn’t answer any of Job’s questions.
What he does is remind Job of who he is and what he has done. I think he is basically challenging Job, saying, “are you with me or not?” And Job responds that he is, regardless of all the pain in his life and having no idea why God would put him through that. Because God is who he is, Job wants to be with him.
For this entry, I thought about trying to do something dramatic and cool, but I decided that I only wanted to do that so I would have a stunning picture to share on Facebook, and that is not a good reason. I ended up writing out the gist of what I got from the sermon and passage, then doing a little word art/doodle and coloring it all a bit. Sometimes that is even better than going crazy on a page.
I am trying to learn this in my daily life. I need to embed trusting God regardless of circumstance into the fiber of my day, because too often I get distracted by the plans I make. And when things start spiraling and I am asking God why he isn’t coming to my rescue, I need to keep learning to trust him even when he doesn’t tell me why I am going through this particular trial. I need to trust him because of his character, his history and his promises.
P.S. – I just added these sweet printable to my Etsy shop!