“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you…” – Job 42:5
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Job 38-41
As a kid learning to play baseball, I can remember my dad giving me pointers to improve my game. During a practice one day, I was getting frustrated because I was not feeling like I was doing much to help my team. Between innings, my dad called me over to the side and told me to “see the whole game.” I’ll admit that I did not understand what he was talking about that day, but as I grew older those words made a lot of sense to me.
It’s easy to become focused on what is directly in front of us. In baseball, we may not feel we are helping the team much because all we do is hit singles instead of doubles, triples, or home runs. But when we “see the whole game,” we can begin to see that singles can turn into runs scored.
I love the exchange between God and Job in these last few chapters of thebook of Job. After experiencing great suffering and listening to his friends complain and urge him to give up, Job sees God as he listens to how God has been with him the entire time.
How many times do we miss the amazing things that God is doing in our lives, in our church, or in our community? How many times do we not see God because we are too focused on what is directly in front of us? Maybe we need to “see the whole game” the way Job did. God is all around us. God is with us. God is doing amazing things among us. Can you see the works of God?
This week in worship, we will explore more about the mystery of God as we talk about God’s presence with us. I look forward to being with you this weekend in worship beginning Sunday at 10:15 AM on YouTube!
Have a great weekend!
Grace and peace,
P.S. We are looking for volunteers to help with our worship services when we return to worship on the church campus beginning June 28. Our return to worship will require more volunteers than we have used in the past, and I want thank everyone who has already signed up to help! If you are willing to help, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.