Mountain and valley
Job 1: 1, Job 2:10 (NIV)
(1) 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
(2) 10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Light and Darkness
Land and Sea
Sun and Moon
Good and Evil
Noise and Quiet
It’s like the whole of the universe is created in a dichotomy of opposites. Without one thing, you can’t have the other. The space in-between can be restricting, liminal, unknown and unyielding. We see that still reflected in the living and dying of our bodies, in the emotions of our hearts, in the pumping and swelling of our moods, and in the restoring and breaking of our relationships.
Job was a full circle life. His story should be a warm duvet to you. Throughout his life there was sun and rain, joy and sorrow, restoration and brokenness and yet he still managed to perceive it all through the lens of God’s majestic sovereignty and his astounding graceful and holy will.
So, take comfort in the trials you’re facing beloved, God is the only one who will never sin against you or cause you harm. Rely on him, shout to him for mercy, and trust him that he will work out your story for good.
Sometimes we are in the mountain
experiencing the gusts of your glory
Other times we’re deep in the valley
crowded down by things bigger than us
meandering from shadow to shadow
desperate for calm waters.
Help us see you for who you are
and help us turn our lives into
valleys of vision.