“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, He’ll help you catch your breadth“. Psalm 34:18 The Message
First of all, I’m always amazed by the wording in the Message bible. Sometimes, it’s so lyrical and other times, it is so, so casual.
At church this weekend, the pastor spoke about the book of Job. Most people don’t preach on it because it’s a difficult depiction of pain and suffering. But what I loved about how my pastor shared was that we will not have all of the answers, God does not answer to us, we can’t make him fit into our mindset and that everything we are and everything we have is from him. He went on to say that he is the type of person who demands answers, needs to know the why and how of a situation….all aspects to which I can relate. But regardless of how we feel, think or believe….whether we believe or not, it doesn’t change God. I have a friend who is a atheist and something I always tell her is that whether we believe or not, it doesn’t change what is. And no matter how good we are or how well we live this life, we WILL experience trials and tribulations….and some not a punishment or brought about by our own doing.
One thing he mentioned that I thought was interesting is that sometimes lessons learned through difficult journeys are not learned otherwise. I feel like saying, God, I can learn it without the pain, really. But maybe no one can. All one has to do is read the book of Job and I can guarantee that you can not feel sorry for your situation after.
The teaching has given me a lot to ponder….