How big are your problems? This is the year when things really go wrong, and we all can feel the effects.
The man with the most problems, that I know of, was Job. He lost everything that was important to him, including his children and his health. I remember reading his depressing story when I was young because I thought those Bible stories were good for me. It’s a depressing story about human suffering.
“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3: 25 and 26)
I didn’t feel pumped after reading the story, but I did learn something useful.
God told Job about other parts of the world, when he complained about his suffering. “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?” (39: 1) and “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?” (v 5) and “Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?” (v 9)
Goats, deer, donkeys, and wild cattle; that was supposed to comfort Job. It sounded weird to me, but I understood the point; it’s not about me. Those animals all had busy days in their places, and life was important to them too. The world is always bigger than my bubble. It is good to know what is happening far away from us so we can put ourselves into perspective.
Here are some examples of people you probably don’t know:
Life seems impossible for some Christians:
Some have good news that we might miss:
Some losers win, READ: Rankin Inlet: From alcohol and drugs to the Holy Spirit
And brothers and sisters worship God in places and languages that we don’t know:
So how are you doing? I find that life is better when I know that I’m only a part of it, and not the centre. It’s good to know that God is good in that other place, and I can have the same help. It’s no big deal for God.
I know depression can be caused by serious medical conditions, but the other types, from stress and burnout have a simple therapy. We are all in this together; I can suffer like Job, and I can win, and I’m a small part of a big picture.
I hope we can all learn this part of the truth. Whatever problems are stressing you; they are smaller than they seem, in the big picture. The good that God does in this world can easily cover your life and mine.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)