Sunday, November 07, 2010
I was able to get to the gym yesterday afternoon and it was probably the most pleasant experience I had all week. I was able to run two and one half miles and my poor old body paid for the lack of activity over the past four days. I felt renewed and refreshed. As I ran, I started thinking about all my alleged trials and tribulations. Yes, I had a rather disconcerting week, LOL, and yes it threw me for a loop.
As I ran, though, I started thinking about the story of Job. In essence Satan told God he wasnít as hot as he thought he was and that he would let God pick any person he wanted and Satan would make that person despair of God. God told him ďTake my servant Job.Ē Again, in essence, Job had it all going his way. Nice house, nice family and a pretty hefty income. (He probably worked out five days a week also in a state of the art gym!) God told Satan to take his best shot, Job wouldnít despair of God. So Satan did. Job lost everything and in the end was sitting ďon a pile of dung, covered in sores.Ē However, he never despaired. He never cried ďuncle.Ē In the end God restored everything Job had lost and Satan went looking for another, albeit weaker victim.Ē Everybody around Job told him to give in but he didnít.
Now hopefully I donít end up on a pile of dung covered in sores but sometimes it seems like my grandmother was right, ďNo problem is a small problem if itís your problem!Ē But unlike Job I often despair. Oh I donít give up on God. I get a bit miffed with Him from time to time but I donít give up. Job didnít have chocolate chunk cookies and Mickey Dís. He didnít have pizza, beer and powdered covered sugar donuts. When things are going good so is I. when they get tough I have a tendency to bail out and then wonder why I donít reach any of my goals. There is really nothing in my life I canít deal with, I choose not to deal with it!! I wring my hands and turn into some sort of drama queen.
So as I ran around the track I thought about Job and I thought how much he endured and in the end he had everything restored tenfold. Thereís a lesson there. The lesson to me is that if you stick with the things that made you successful and got you results you have to stick with them no matter how tough things get. It was a revealing yet humbling experience, all at once. I saw where I had failed and how my inability to deal with things caused me to get derailed.
I woke up this morning to a new day and to a new beginning. Iíll start over and Iíll fall down a few times but hopefully in a little while God can say ďTake my servant John!!Ē
Have a blessed Sunday