Ever have one of those days?
Today was it. From start to finish, one of those days. No stopping. No slowing down. Busy.
Kid problems. Home problems. Money problems.
One of those days where you look up to the sky and wonder what will happen next and when it will end. When will the storm clouds clear? When will we find peace?
I sit here at our kitchen table writing this post as our youngest son refuses to go to sleep, our neighbors fight, bills wait to be paid, work isn’t easy, and every second feels like another nail in the coffin.
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Growing up, I loved the imagery in the book of Job. Something about this guy who had things going fairly well. God and Satan meet up in Heaven (take a second to get your mind around that one) and this conversation happens:
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
You know the rest of the story. Job’s friends and his wife offer various explanations for the suffering. Job questions God and God offers one of the grandest cosmic smack downs ever recorded. Job repents and is restored.
Restoration will come. Someday.
As for now, we’re going on two hours without Aiden going to sleep. The night is young and showing no sign of stopping.
I’m ready for the dawn.