Congratulations again to Heather and a thank you to all that left a comment. I already have a couple other books put back for a late Winter give away.
It is so good to be home this afternoon after attending a cookie exchange at the bookstore. I have time to ponder, ummm... in between laundry and dishes, vacuuming and trying to get a coffee stain out of the carpet, providing fresh water and food for Sasha and putting dinner in the oven. Hmmm... perhaps a week at the bookstore wasn't all that bad? :)
One day last week, Christopher had to drop me off at the coffee shop very early on his way to class. I had brought my Bible with me to spend some much needed quiet time before a very busy work day. After purchasing a muffin and coffee, I came back to my table to find the Bible opened at Job 38 & 39... one of my favorite places in all the Word. I'm not sure why it had opened to these two chapters as I've been reading through Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians for awhile (rereading until their messages sink in). Perhaps this is where I was suppose to be that day...
"WHERE WERE YOU?????", God is asking Job in these many verses. If you are so smart, then where were you when I created the world, set the waters in place, made the universe, etc. If I see God as an actor in a Shakespearean play, I can see the Almighty in great robes (looking a lot like Charlton Heston dressed as Moses)... one arm raised to the Heavens... the other pointing at Job... "WHERE WERE YOU???"... One could see Him as a parent who must give a stern talk to a toddler while at the same time, hiding a smile as one knows the little tyke has no answer.
The poetry that is the book of Job always brings wonder to me, the descriptions of things past and objects present... not to mention that which is to come in a far away place... what delight when one thinks of morning stars and scary Leviathan. God not only puts Job in his place but gives glimpses of the unknown Universe if one believes such things (and I do).
My husband once spent months (perhaps a year?) reading Job over and over for the book's message to those who suffer, those whose lives are filled with affliction and pain. I marveled at the message of forgiveness, for it is not until Job prays for his friends that we have a happy ending. However, it is in the very words of the Creator that we are filled with a peek into the oceans and the stars... and into the heart of man.
To think that those around me that morning were content with reading the morning paper or memorizing facts for an afternoon exam. I was on an adventure much more exciting than Narnia or Middle Earth... for the places mentioned in this Book are real... if we believe.