I’m going to make myself vulnerable….
I love Winnie the Pooh.
When I was young we only had one video of the animated series…(on good ole VHS tape)...and there’s one part of that beloved cartoon that popped into my head while I was reading Job 23.10 this week.
I’ll give you the passage from Job in a minute, first here’s the scene that popped into my head from Pooh:
Tigger, that wild and energetic tiger is at his usual antics….that would be bouncing. Because you see, that’s what Tigger’s do best :D. Anyways, so Tigger had observed Rabbit ice skating and decided to give it a try himself. Having become overconfident in his abilities, Tigger promptly lost control of himself and crashed into Rabbit who then went flying across the ice and into his own house, thereby destroying everything inside. A little extreme, but hey, that’s what happened! At this point Rabbit says the following:
“Why does it have to be me? Why oh why oh why?? ”
That’s the statement that came into mind when reading Job. Job went through a lot. You can read all about it in Job chapters 1 & 2...but suffice it to say, he had every right to claim Rabbit’s statement as his own. And in many ways he does question why...but underlying throughout Job is a wisdom and an experience via relationship with God that allows Job to persevere through all that is happening to him. The closeness that he has had with God throughout his life, allows him to make statements such as this in Job 23.10:
“ But He (God) knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”
So here’s the point:
We have two ways of responding to trials….even really difficult stuff like what Job was going through:
(1. “Why me? Why oh why oh why??”
(2. “When He has tried me I shall come out as gold.”
God has a process for purifying us just as gold must go into the fire to draw out the impurities. The fire of trials in our lives will produce us as a pure product in the end so long as we submit to what God is doing.
Be encouraged! God is not unaware of what you are going through...submit to His process, trust Him in the midst, honor Him with your lifestyle and surround yourself with brothers and sisters in Christ that love you and will walk with you through it!
Remember that when He has tried you, you will come out as gold!
Love you guys!