What kind of friend are you? One who has a solution for all my problems; or one who is willing to simply be present to me in the midst of my problems? If you are one of the latter, you are an “agent of the waiting God.”
Job 3:1-10 3 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 Job said:3 “Let the day perish i
n which I was born,and the night that said,‘A man–child is conceived.’ 4 Let that day be darkness!May God above not seek it,or light shine on it.5 Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.Let clouds settle upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.6 That night—let thick darkness seize it!let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months.7 Yes, let that night be barren; let no joyful cry be heard in it.8 Let those curse it who curse the Sea,those who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan.9 Let the stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light, but have none; may it not see the eyelids of the morning— 10 because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb,and hide trouble from my eyes. (NRSV)
[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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Musings over Job 3:1-10
Ever have one of those days? You know the kind I mean… one bad thing happens after another… disasters seem to keep piling up… nothing goes right. Job had one of those days. He wanted to curse the day he was born. He wanted nightfall to some so he could hide in the darkness. The brightness of the sun just hurt his eyes. The worst part of it… his ‘friends’ wanted to explain away his misery and solve Job’s ‘problem. Even if those ‘friends’ had accurately analyzed Job’s situation and presented him with the perfect solution, Job would probably not felt any better. When faced with the dark night (or even the overcast day) of the soul you must live through it, instead of escaping fro m it. Those are the times when we value the people who stand with us, offering only their presence instead of their solutions. Those are the time when we find out who our true friends are. Thanks be for those who are savvy enough to allow us to feel our pain while staying close. They become for us agents of a waiting God (God incarnate) who patiently embraces us, providing us with the spaciousness that alone affirms our strength in the midst of weakness.