Lent: Day Twenty One

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. -Job 42:2-3

We moved to Minnesota in the summer to a family member’s farm. Having never lived in the country before, I enjoyed watching the corn grow. With a toddler full of energy, we made many trips walking or running up and down the driveway. As Fall approached, I noticed an area a few rows into the corn beside the driveway with stalks flattened down. When I asked my husband about the flat area he said it was likely a deer’s bedding place. I started imagining a doe with growing fawns coming back and sleeping there. I pictured how upset I would be, if I were the doe, when the corn was harvested and there was no longer shelter available in that spot. Yet it occurred to me that corn was not grown with the purpose of shelter or home for the deer, but as a crop to be harvested and sold to help provide for our family.

I began to draw a parallel in my mind between this “deer family” that I humanized and my own life. Often life feels unfair. Something that seemed like a wonderful blessing may get taken away or ruined from our perspective. However, from God’s perspective, from the eternal perspective, did I miss the purpose of the situation? Perhaps what feels unfair may really have a larger purpose than what I can see from my “deer bed”.

Job 42:2-3 says: 

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

How often do you feel you’re in an unfair situation? Will you trust that God’s purposes are greater than yours? If you’d like to read an example of God using someone through repeated dire circumstances, you can find it in Genesis chapters 37 & 39-47 with Joseph.