This chapter is full of horror at what the Lord has done. It’s summed up probably by the line that the Lord has treated them as an enemy.
But it also says they should pour out their hearts like water before the Lord. It recoils from and turns to God, and also recognises all that has happened as being part of God’s plan.
What’s been getting me down is the spectre of redundancy. All things being equal by this time next week I’ll be out of a job. It’s the third time in my “career”.
I’m exhausted at the thought. I turn 58 this year. It’s very hard for me to get a job. I keep experiencing it as a form of shock. A bit like when someone has died, I do a double take and have to keep reminding myself again and again that I really am losing my job.
I’m not sure how helpful it is to read in todays passage how bad things can get and still be part of God’s plan. People at work have been lovely and supportive, and reminded me of the Lord’s goodness.
The thing is, things can get very bad indeed. Illness, disaster, death, pain. They are part of God’s world, part of God’s plan for good. And I have nowhere to turn to for lament but to God.
God God God, that’s how it is. It’s a slippery slope once you don’t find atheism plausible.
I’ll do what I can to make the case for my job not being abolished, why not? But I’ll brace for the worst.