The Big Picture

From today's Office of Readings:

Then the Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said:

 

Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance?
Gird up your loins now, like a man;
I will question you, and you tell me the answers!

 

Where were you when I founded the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its size; do you know?
Who stretched out the measuring line for it?
Into what were its pedestals sunk,
and who laid the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sandg in chorus
and all the children of God shouted for joy?

 

Job 38

Job is a curious book in many ways. But whenever I read it, it reminds me that I need to know that I don't have the big picture. God's plan often confounds us, and our vision is so terribly limited. We only get the tiniest glimpse of the plan of God and God's vision for the world.

What we need, all of us, to remember, is that God's love for us is as vast and incomprehensible as is God's plan. All that we can do, and the only thing that we should do, is to trust in that love.

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