Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
so that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
It is changed like clay under the seal,
and it is dyed like a garment.
Light is withheld from the wicked,
and their uplifted arm is broken.
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
“Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
Surely you know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
Then Job answered the Lord:
“See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but will proceed no further.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The school year, for me, has started out like a sprint. Every day feels like it’s nonstop. It is from this context that I read today’s reading from the book of Job. What struck me most was this idea of God’s “to-do” list. There are mornings to arrange, the seas to move, and storms to schedule. Can you imagine how stressful that job would be? God keeps track of the whole of creation…and I thought my job was busy!
And yet, amidst everything going on, God takes a moment to talk to one individual. God carved out a moment in space and time for this seemingly insignificant creature. This is the depth to which we matter in creation. We are not treated as an afterthought. We are given time and space and attention, when any number of things in the universe could take priority. It has to make you feel special.
Today, try to not let the busyness of your life get in the way of what is important.
-Mr. Scott Schoonover teaches theater tech at St. Louis U. High.
Lord, when life becomes hectic, let me stop to remember that I am important. Let me have a grateful heart for all that has been created for me. Thank you for the busyness of my days, and give me the wisdom and patience to carve out time and space for those in need of me. Amen.
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