Last summer, I went with my son for his first airplane ride. As the airplane rose higher, my son was immediately in awe of how small everything on the ground looked from above. We talked about how living creatures are just a tiny speck when you consider the size of the earth, and also the size of the universe and beyond. It was easy to start feeling small and insignificant.
Today’s Bible passage reminds us that God has created a world of grandeur, but it is full of mysteries not understood by humans. At times, we may ponder scientific questions about creation, black holes, dark matter and life on other planets. We also have questions similar to those asked by Job. Why does God allow good people to suffer? Does God really care about me? Why doesn’t God talk to me? Is God punishing me for something I did or failed to do?
In response to Job, God started asking the questions. God’s use of sarcasm with Job helped Job to see his place in God’s creation. God is the creator and sustainer of the world. God did not abandon Job, and God does not abandon us-no matter how small and insignificant we might feel.
Thank you, God, for including me as part of your marvelous creation. Amen. — JW