Ok--so lots of bloggers are showing awesome pictures of birds----I do not have any (yet!!)--but I took these on my walk Saturday and the bird on the right we call the UNGLY DUCKLING--perhaps if you click on the photo and enlarge it , you will be able to see it better. It is not a good picture of him--he moved as I snapped it. There are quite a few of these ugly ones, but they are really neat because they are so friendly and wag their tails at us!
I was reading today, a bit in Yancey's book on pain. He talks about Job and Job is one of my favorite Bible books. It is interesting to think about how God answered Job's questions on his pain---and basically His (God's) answer was to be present with Job and to speak to Him about his glorious power as demonstrated by His creation. He speaks to Him of His creation and how wonderful it is---He asks him such questions as, "Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer? "etc Yancey puts it this way:
"The message looming behind the splendid poetry reduces down to this: Until you know a little more about running the physical universe, Job, don't tell me how to run the moral universe."
Yancey quotes Buechner on this: "God doesn't explain. He explodes. He asks Job who he thinks he is anyway. He says that to try to explain the kind of thing Job wants explained would be like trying to explain Einstein to a little-neck clam...God doesn't reveal his grand design. He reveals himself."
I like that thought---God's answer was a revelation of Himself and His power and glory to Job. ...and basically Job's response was one of repentance Job 42: 5 "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear;But now my eye sees Thee; 6 Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes."
So basically, when I am suffering I need to look at who God is and respond to him in trust; I may not understand the whys of it , but I can trust my God. I can ask God to use the suffering for my good and to bring good out of it . I also can know that I will be delivered from this at some time---either in this world or in the next. God's ways are above mine--His ways are past finding out in so many respects. He is God and I, I am but a human with little capacity to understand the infinite apart from the Spirit of God He has given me.