June 28, 2011

If the Shoe Fits

 

I am sure at some point in our life we have either said or have had it said to us “If the shoe fits…wear it!”  If we did not use sarcasm to communicate, but rather wisdom with each other, we would tout a Proverb instead:

“Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.”

I do not have to use too much creative power to empathize with Job.  In fact it would be truly easy for me to sympathize with him at this point.  Let’s look at the scene again in Job 2.

Satan isn’t as much an accuser, in my opinion, as he is a whiner, lazy, and bully.  God is trying to take care of business and Satan comes in like a brat.  He already knows he can do whatever he wants on the earth but all he wants to do is provoke us and God.  When it isn’t easy because we and God are focused he comes crying to daddy saying, I’m bored, I can’t find anything to do.

I guess everyone else was an easy target for Satan, maybe Job was the only one he couldn’t get to so that was the very thing he was intent on having.  That is what arrogance and pride does, if someone tries to stop you for any reason you become childlike and MUST have it, do it no matter what it costs you.  How immature!

Satan underestimated Job, he sees he was wrong about his possessions being his god.  So now he has to REALLY get personal, he has to get skin close. He also knows that he has to put the pressure on.  Since he can’t “take his life”, he must attempt to make Job run FROM his life. 

Here Job is with painful boils from top to bottom.  He is sitting in the ashes of all he had amassed up to this point in life scraping his boils with a shard from one of his broken possessions when his spouse – the person that is supposed to be there putting him before “all others….ALWAYS” speaks, as if to dump acid on his open wounds. 

“Are you still holding on to your principles? Curse God and die!” 

I know Job isn’t the only one that has a spouse like that.  Job simply stated, “You’re talking like a godless fool.  We accept the good that God gives us.  Shouldn’t we also accept the bad?”  He did not enter into the coliseum with her, did he?  He spoke the truth, wisdom and discernment.  I hope that she was simply being attacked and she was not always like this.  But I have to ask myself – did Job marry a woman that was like her sons?  Is that the reason they carried on so?  It makes sense – but why would Job do that to himself?  He must have known how important it was to marry a God fearing woman so that he would have a proper “help mate”.  Maybe he was like some of us, growing in our faith and relationship with God after we were already married.  We will go deeper into this subject in the following weeks.  When I started thinking about the purpose of Kaleidoscope Butterfly our mission came to fruition in this statement:

Kaleidoscope Butterfly is about dealing with the harshness life can lie on top of us. We do not have the luxury of a fairy tale existence - some of us live a reality tale. Our Mission is to journey step by step and hand in hand through the shattered realities we are left to deal with when the myths are exposed and our vulnerability due to disillusionment are as shrapnel in our midst. Together as sojourners we will step cautiously through the battle fields with encouragement, wisdom, discernment and respect to help the survivors of the battles perfectly place the shrapnel of shattered dreams and placing them through understanding and faith, focusing with Gods eye of the kaleidoscope to see the picture as he has designed it.

We are ending today with Proverb 26:2, which is right where we will pick up tomorrow:

“Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so a hastily spoken curse does not come to rest.”

I pray that in your vulnerability due to disillusionment you ask for wisdom believing He will not withhold any good thing from you – For His Cause is LOVE!

In Christ,

Kisses,

Candace