Job Overview

Can’t summarise this book, its a journey. Its all in the language. Summarising poetry doesn’t work, like summarising a flower or a summer’s thunderstorm, you can’t really catch the moment-to-moment experience of it.

Job suffers in extreme, about as bad as a person can. But its not really about that. I previously thought it was a paradox, a book about one question, suffering, that then denied the answer. I thought it was a tease.

But it doesn’t deny. It opens up, it expands.

It’s about acknowledging God. Our place in the universe, and it’s as positive as it is negative. We aren’t God, we don’t understand why things happen good or bad. But we are capable of knowing him in ways that no other aspect of his mighty, magnificent creation can.

I feel God’s connection to the physicality of the universe, the water, the massive surging energy, the snowflakes, each animal: hilarious, scary, untameable. God showcases his wildness and creativity here, he delights in being God. He shows me ways in which I am, and am not, God.

I ‘get’ Him more than any other of his creations, but it is just shards, glimpses of the full picture, and it drives me crazy. And he knows.

He knows how we’ll sit around debating what he is like, getting ourselves in knots over God, universe, sex, gender, pain, all of it. We’ll love, we’ll rebel, we’ll overthink and get arrogant. We’ll imagine ourselves to be at the centre of it all.

Job is a delightfully messy emotional rollercoaster character throughout, turning on a dime from bitter cynical misery to startling transcendent insight. It’s very encouraging that God’s word acknowledges this sort of crazy as a normal part of human.

No other creature is like us, and God knows and loves us very very deeply.

Our wisest path, the closest we get to fine, is to acknowledge him, and work at not being evil. Love God, love your neighbour.

Know your redeemer lives, however you encounter him. It ended up being my christmas reading, and it made me quite keen to encourage people to connect Jesus to the deep questions of life.

My friend Uncle Ray Minniecon really helped open it up, by discussing how Job mirrors the Australian Aboriginal experience – you know, the people from whom everything was arbitrarily taken away and then disease was added?

I got from what he said that it’s teaching that the way forward is to go back to the start – to realise that our identity and dignity is wrapped up in being made and loved by God, so we can move forward from life’s harshness and inequality on a sure footing, in strength and knowledge.

I read it while facing challenges about my identity as a parent, romantic partner and provider for my family, and it was there through it, gently nudging me to lay it all before God in confidence that it all makes more sense than I can imagine, and I can go forward simply in trust, and trying to do right.

It requires patience, but it does reward it. God, the universe and everything. Its all there in this fabulous book.

Prologue

1 God cites Job to Satan as a person who ‘fears god and shuns evil’. Satan tests the sincerity of his belief by taking his wealth and family, but Job does not curse God.
2 Satan also takes Job’s health. Again Job won’t attack God. 3 friends appear to discuss the issue
3 Job complains bitterly about how miserable he is, wishing he hadn’t been born

First round of friend advice – ‘you must have done something bad’

4 Eliphaz speaks a first time, victim blaming. I contemplate whether the core message of the bible is ‘shit happens’
5 Eliphaz completes his accusation that Job must have done something. I contemplate how christian comfort can be about comforting yourself: reasons it won’t happen to me.
6 Two chapters of response by Job to Eliphaz. Here he rejects being characterised as different from the friends – he appeals to their empathy … there but for God’s grace…
7 The rest of Job’s response is addressed to God… Job asks to be left alone and questions the purpose of his existence: is it only to question the purpose of his existence?
8 Bildad with blunt beautiful words accuses Job of relying on his own understanding, ignoring the wisdom of God and elders. Though God praised him in ch1 for fearing him.
9 Responding to Bildad, Job agrees he is not equal to the majesty of God, but rather than connect with the elders’ teaching, he longs for more, a new messiah-like mediator
10 Second half of Job’s Bildad response, rails against God. His understanding of the afterlife is fuzzy, so his painful days are all he thinks he has.
11 Zohar speaks, and says God will have to give Job understanding, he won’t figure it himself. About as likely as a donkey giving birth to a human baby.
12 Zophar is saying ’tis a mystery’ and Job appreciates it, but can’t share his lack of urgency. He says effectively ’tis a mystery I need to try and understand.
13 Job comes round to Zohar’s view that he is not 100% sinless, no one is, but he still wants God to speak and tell him how to fix his situation.
14 Job summarises the first round of advice: his understanding of grace and the afterlife has expanded, but he is also has a bleak ‘life sucks then you die’ self pity.

Second round – friends get impatient, Job gets wise

15 Eliphaz second round: doubles down on victims being to blame.
16 Job longs for a mediator again, rejecting his friends’ characterisations – God is too intimidating to address directly, but they lack empathy and understanding
17 Brilliant chapter identifies the ‘mediator’ as grace, the missing link to God that human understanding cannot bridge.
18 Bildad #2 doubles down on sinners being punished with suffering, and sufferers being inevitably sinners. Like he’s sinless! Like Job wasn’t praised for his righteousness in ch 1.
19 Job responds: Suffering has attacked his flesh, but made him wise, so he will see God in the flesh. ‘I know my redeemer lives’ he says. Surviving by the skin of his teeth, he’s infinitely more blessed than his wealthy, healthy friends. Great chapter!
20 Zophar #2 a really good meditation on corruption and evil, but doesn’t actually process Job’s situation at all, he’s not showing understanding or empathy to Job.
21 Job reacts with cynicism to Zophar’s theory of cosmic justice: its all about the ‘now’ baby! Who cares about the pie in the sky when you die? His redeemer may live, but he’s still bitter… he’s an emotional rollercoaster.

Third round of friend advice… starting to go round in circles

22 Eliphaz #3: Talking at, not to, Job, telling him to heed God’s words about treatment of the vulnerable in society… But who is rich and well here, and who has lost it all? Hypocritical!
23 In response, Job says he does heed God’s words, and would like to continue. But God is silent. He calls again for a messiah/mediator figure.
24 Job doesn’t doubt God’s justice, but the timing sucks. If Job’s situation improved, justice would be seen to be done. Its a bit of a dodgy argument, but I contemplate how helpful its been for me to think about eternity starting now.
25 Bildad #3 emphasises Job’s smallness against the wonder and complexity of creation. Ironically, God will do this too, but Bildad tells Job he is a worm, God makes him feel a valued and loved part of his created order.
26 Job responds to Bildad and starts to wrap up this section: no Zophar #3. He tells B. he knows full well how awesome God is, doesn’t need reminding. He re-asserts monotheism.

Job’s wrap up of 3 friends section, and teaching on wisdom

27 Job reiterates that more is needed, our own attempts to understand God do not add up. At a Salvation Army weekend, applying for permanent work, I think about being in or out, and what serving God, spreading Jesus’ word really means.
28 A poem about wisdom being the fear of the Lord and departing from evil. This variation on Jesus’ two great commandments is the pillar on which the book is built, referred to at the start middle and end. Its more about that than suffering really.
29 A wistful and beautiful reminiscence by Job of his lost status, goodness and respectability. Lay it on the altar! Surrender it!
30 Chapter 29 was then, this is now, a massive wallow in self pity from Job. I contemplate how in middle age, AKA me, you can’t compete with young people’s sense of their own potential: let it go!
31 Job: ‘I’m innocent! I don’t deserve this! Curse me if I am lying!’ In describing aspects of his innocence, Job gives a useful portrait of an honourable life.

Elihu – youthful, spirit-filled focus on God, but lacking empathy

32 Elihu arrives. A dogmatic, blunt character. Stereotypical zealous youth, full of the Spirit. He applies the theme of listening to God, not your own understanding to Jobs friends.
33 Elihu attacks Job. He says suffering brings us closer to God, its instructive. Ch 1 refutes this. I don’t think suffering ‘means’ anything unless God gives it context
34 Elihu maintains Job has no case before God, to complain is to add rebellion to sin.
35 Elihu and the others make like a broken jigsaw, they have aspects of truth, but miss bits – it doesn’t come together until God speaks. He draws lessons from the complexity of creation here, but like Bildad, leaves out the love God has for us individually.
36 Elihu continues on about God’s might, and sees a distant storm come, out of which God will himself speak. Its ironic that a book in God’s word about trying to decipher God’s silence, by the very fact it exists, speaks volumes of much he understands us.
37 Elihu speaks metaphorically and with scientific prescience about how rain forms and falls as life giving blessing and the fury of storms. We are not equal to Gods brilliance, we cannot demand an audience with him… then out of a gathering storm, God speaks.

It’s God! Change your paradigm.

38 God asks a series of rhetorical questions that show how little Job knows – and his lack of knowledge means his words obscure God’s plans. It all makes sense, but not to Job.
39 God shows how we can’t really control even animals, over which we have dominion. The limits and extent of our value is shown, because we are wise in ways animals aren’t.
40 God gently asks Job to accept that he just has to trust him that its all within his plans. Job does, he covers his mouth, symbolically relying on God’s understanding not his own
41 God is king over Leviathan, which stands in for other Gods, or Satan, or maybe a crocodile, whatever, he’s king over all.
42 Job understands that his days are in God’s hands, he repents and takes back his words demanding a simplistic answer from God. As a codicil, his suffering ends and he lives a long life. But its not a reward, his repentance came when he was still in his lowly state.

Job 42

Last chapter. Job has all his blessing restored.

Job understands that he had no idea what he was talking about when he cursed the day he was born and challenged God to make a case for how his suffering was fair.

God’s presence has given him perspective on his existence and confidence that he is loved by a wonderful powerful God who is right across the details of life.

He takes back what he said, repenting of his words.

It’s still one of the hardest things, putting your victim status on the altar, giving that to God. When he repents, Job is still destitute and covered with sores.

Feeling sorry for your self, poetically disillusioned, is one of the few benefits of things going wrong. But in that we aren’t to sin, it doesn’t give us a get out of jail free card to lash out or be indulgent or selfish.

Jobs acceptance of God’s sovereignty is a remarkable, Christ-like act, like when Jesus stays silent during his trial and death, or – is it in the garden? – when he says ‘not my will but yours father’

I recall a lecturer at uni whose parody of the stupidity of Christianity was ‘i don’t know, I just believe‘. It’s exactly what job is saying, you won’t know, you just have to believe.

We need to wear that with pride and resist the temptation to tie life up with neat moral lessons like an Aesop fable, or a woman’s weekly article.

That remains the friend’s error, trying to construct a fake, watered down Christianity, that makes more sense but cuts out what God is actually saying and doing.

I’ve run my reading of Job in parallel with comments about the things in life that worry me, that I hope will turn out right.

Am I bad at giving up control? I think a lot of human mischief comes from wanting to control more than we can. We justify selfishness and lack of empathy for our need to feel in control of life’s circumstances.

We can wish, hope and pray for things to be different. Jesus cried great sobs wishing he didn’t have to drink his cup of suffering. But he stayed focussed, he drank it as from God.

I was always uncomfortable with the blessing that is restored to job. New kids to replace those he lost. Though we know from life I suppose how that eases the pain of loss without diminishing the uniqueness of the ones who die.

And though we know why it’s fair that job gets back his health, wealth and family, he doesn’t. And because of what he has had revealed of God he doesn’t need to.

The Lord gives and takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. His first reaction got tested, tortured, questioned but ultimately, he learned not to demand God’s blessing.

Job 41

Crocodile, dragon or Satan?

A weird penultimate chapter talks in tremendous detail about Leviathan.

Some people think it’s describing a crocodile, but that theory is a bit of a stretch by the time it has eyes that flash out rays like the dawn and breath that sets coals alight.

The consensus is that God is telling Job he has the power to defeat Satan, or untamed wild malevolence as personified by essentially the description of a dragon. Fire breathing, creating misery before it, indestructible.

Though now I think of it, last time they mentioned sea creatures – chapter 17, it was possibly to make a point about God being above all other Gods, the sea creature being a folk God of the Canaanites.  So maybe its that.

Whichever way, God is king over all.

We know something of the reason job suffered from Chapter 1, but even after God speaks, Job doesn’t.

And he is never told.

We are not told about our own. There is no promise it will be neat or make discernable patterns.

I’m commencing a period in which I work just one half of next Monday, over the next 19 days. Alleluia! I’ve craved, ached for a break.

Woken up in a hostel in the middle of bushland to celebrate my son Rennie’s 15th birthday. 6 adults, 5 teen-agers.

We’ve been here with this group, more or less, several times during his childhood. I’m enjoying a lovely slow morning in bed, far away and safe from pressure.

One sad visit a few years back, we learned of a parent’s cancer diagnosis. She pulled out of our holiday at the last minute because she got the news, and she’s gone now. I think of it every time we get the ferry for the last leg of the journey here.

There’s really no escape I suppose, you can’t make a bubble of safety and security.

But it feels like I have a gap before It’ll be back into the wild chaos of disaster and mayhem, small or large.

Try as you might, existence is an uncontrollable dragon, and only God is bigger.

It must be Christmas, I’m linking lots of music this week.. Here’s a song I wrote during that trip a few years back.

Job 40

A commenter pointed out that Job basically had a great time with God in the past two chapters.

God continues to ask rhetorical questions the chapter, but he brings the teaching home more specifically to Job. It’s a still gentle, non attacking approach as I read it.

God pretty much asks job if he agrees, after they’ve looked at many wonders of creation and nature together, that they can’t really have the discussion job wants to have, where he lays out his case against God and God defends himself. It’s just not appropriate. God can ask the questions, not Job.

And job agrees. He covers his mouth, he has no answer to the questions God has posed. He’s speaking completely differently now, he understands he’s not as big of a deal as he thought he was, but equally that he is not forgotten. At the centre of this vast evolving tapestry of life and creation, God is patiently guiding him in love.

God says, when job understands and can share the rules of life and death, judgement, the role his wrath plays, then they will be able to discuss his case as equals.

He compares Jobs strength to a hippopotamus (most likely… A bit unclear).

This is a bit like those photos that include something for scale. Hippopotamus included for scale. Job much weaker and smaller, not a chance of controlling it. God much stronger. Made the hippo.

Again, a very clear and non judgemental way of demonstrating to job that they simply can’t have the conversation he wanted to have.

In the era of the tweet, the 42 chapter poem of Job is paced more majestically than I’m used to. But it’s certainly effective, I’ve gone on the journey.

I could see where the friends were coming from, I thought job had a point, but God has effectively shut me up without alienating me. Quite the reverse.

Job 39

Parade of small mysteries.

Last chapter God went meta and mega: the stars, the start of time, the gates of death, the lowest depths, pouring out the sea and causing dawn to happen.

These mysteries were added to the mystery of Job’s own suffering.

Today God talks on the human scale, about things Job could conceivably understand. Man has dominion over the animals, right?

But even these things are outside Job’s comprehension or control.

Man can tame lions but not wild donkeys. Why? What sort of cosmic joke are the flightless wings of an ostrich, why did God do that? The reference to the ‘wild ox’ – now extinct – is a humorous image, like saying ‘why can’t you plough your fields with a hippopotamus?’ And so it goes.

It’s not the massive rebuke Job’s friends predicted God would have for him, nor does it directly address Job’s sense of injustice, as he craved.

These are gentle, delightful absurd teachings. The commentator suggested they represent the only humour in Job. Bringing a smile to his suffering face.

Even just that perspective is an implicit message… its not all about me.

While not answering directly Job’s questions, the oblique answer is that Job’s sense of injustice has misunderstood the rules by which the world works.

God isn’t angry or condemnatory about that, he expects it. He simply points it out in the gentlest sweetest way possible, and asks job to continue trusting him.

It goes right back to God and Satan’s disagreement over Job in the prologue. God says he’s an example of true wisdom, he fears God and shuns evil. The Devil says he is purely transactional, his ‘fear of God’ is only as deep as his love of the good things God has given him.

God’s teaching is bolstering his side of the case.

The lesson from the animals is two fold. Appreciate the limits of your own understanding. But also appreciate the God-like insight you have in being able to attain wisdom that animals never can.

They are indeed transactional, as the devil said man is. But we are made in God’s image. Job felt forgotten, but he’s cherished. In chapter 1 and 2, God actually brags about Job’s wisdom to Satan.

Man’s ability to attain wisdom means his conception of God is bigger than the source of his next meal. Job’s very tortured, complex heart is demonstration of that.

Job has gone further than most in understanding how little our own understanding can overcome evil, or reveal God. And God here leads him further again on that.

That Tim Minchin song I linked previously won’t stop rolling around in my head, showing how much I have in common with an atheist…

Family sharing white wine in the sun, the people who make you feel safe, his picture of heaven.

His jet-lagged baby daughter passed around ‘like a puppy at a primary school’ (makes me cry every time) …his picture of the infinite value of humanity.

We could both argue these values confirm the truth of our views, pushing us further apart when instead we share more than we think.

But God’s gentle refusal to buy into the paradigm of human logic and sense in this passage? There’s the rub!

Job 38

The answer is blowing in the wind…

Oh gosh, he’s here. God speaks.

He asks a majestic series of rhetorical questions designed to demonstrate his awesome power and might relative to Job.

The language is stunning, a poetic highlight.

The one I always remember is ‘were you there when I laid the Earth’s foundation?’ But so many vividly expressed images, such as while God lays the cornerstone of creation ‘the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy’.

I also loved ‘Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?’

But all of it was stunning, bang bang bang, and the combined sweep puts you in your place.

It’s like a day in the life of God. You zoom through the vastness and complexity of creation, and being creator. From fine tuning the constellations to teaching ibises; the storehouses of snow, the womb of ice; making sure both Lion cubs and baby Ravens have dinner; irrigating desserts, visiting the springs of the sea, the gates of darkness and death.

I read a great science blog entry about the storehouses of snow, suggesting its referring not only to the amount but the variety – no two snowflakes are alike – literally boundless creativity of pattern and variation.

It’s intended to overwhelm and it does, magnificently for a believer, who has heard that God is love. What it would do to a serious atheist, who’s god is their own understanding, I don’t know. I’d love to ask!

It’s clear creation is not tame. It’s a balancing act. For every light, there is a dark. For every lion fed, there is a creature gone. Evil is part of it, glory, beauty, fear and death.

And loud and clear, God is saying ‘this is not going to make sense to you’. It does actually make sense, to God, but not to me.

And our response? We can’t go and find another God we prefer. God is a monotheist.

The effect of any response other than respect is described in verse one: ‘who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?

Thank you, father for sending your son, the very image of you, to die for us. Die… for us!

Job 37

Talking through the wonders of rain and storm, comparing clouds to God moving over the earth in spirit bringing love as rain and judgement as storms.

It’s a beautiful metaphor, leading Elihu to say to Job: how can we possibly understand God? How can we talk to him on an equal basis?

The answer of course is because he came to us in the form of Jesus, who told us to say ‘our Father in heaven…’.

Elihu delighted over how the clouds of mist formed to fall to us as life giving rain. Perhaps he wouldn’t have been surprised to hear the spirit became flesh.

‘veiled in flesh the godhead see’ we sang at our lovely picturesque extended family Christmas on Sunday.

3 generations joined by our connection to a fourth, my parents who no longer join these gatherings, which range from their first son down though almost 40 people to the little Indira, the first great grandchild born since they left. Flesh became spirit again, like the vapour of summer rain.

And though every one of us faces storms, it felt like Job-ian blessing as we freeze-framed for the group photo in the sun.

I think it’s that time that comes every year to boo hoo to my fave atheist christmas song. The most sentimental unsentimental song, the most spiritual unspiritual song.

Job 36

Elihu speaks another chapter, beginning by implicitly apologising for going on so long, and promising to get to the point. A commentary pointed out that he then goes on to speak for a few chapters more…

His character comes even more into focus: young, quite arrogant, but full of the holy spirit, so has these powerful visions of God along the way.

Just saying… if I was responsible for writing the Bible I don’t think I’d lightly include characters who claim to speak for God but are a mixture of insight and misguidedness. Talk about confusing!

But it’s telling us exactly what will happen in our life. Our experiences will prompt doubts about God. From our friends or pulpits we’ll get a mixture of wisdom and foolishness.

God is portrayed as distant and uninvolved for most of the narrative, but the irony is that if you accept this as God’s word, inspired by God, its understanding of our foibles is incredibly intimate, loving and patient. If it’s by him, our creator knows us so well!

He knows how ridiculous we are, and he loves us anyway! I feel a bit ridiculous, fretting away for months now about my work situation. There’s so much else in the world.

Our Aboriginal pastor Ray Minniecon preached his perspective on Christmas last week, one of the few sermons I’ve listened to twice. It’s rattling around in my A.D.D head.

He took the Isaiah passage ‘unto is a son is given’ and Jesus’ sermon in his home synagogue on proclaiming the ‘year of the Lord’s favour’, and talked about comparitive plans for world domination. The oppressive regimes of Isaiah and Jesus’ time, and for him the Australia he was born into.

He talked about the power of proclamation, such as when James Cook planted his land rights flag on Australian soil and with a word made all Aboriginal people subjects of the English crown.

The politics of Christmas is a different plan for world domination, a proclamation of good news for the poor, sight for the blind and freedom for prisoners and the oppressed.

The little baby in the manger is the perfect image of God, which gives him power and value like the image on currency gives it value.

Elihu ends by describing a coming storm from which the spirit of God speaks, starting to set up the climax of the book.

What am I saying? I’m thinking about perspective. On my problems and the world’s, and the power of the almighty.

Job 35

Continuing Elihu’s criticisms of Job.

They aren’t straw men. These aren’t cartoons of people’s views about God, they are deeply felt, complex and beautifully expressed.

Today Elihu posits a God who is too big for tiny granular justice, and that is why the arrogant prosper.

Considering the vastness of the heavens, he says the consequences of our sin won’t damage God. We only hurt others by sinning.

Since Elihu’s time mankind has developed the power to perhaps completely wipe itself out, with weapons of war or environmental mismanagement on a global scale.

But God would survive our nuclear holocaust, and you have to think the fate of the planet is ultimately in his hands, despite our best efforts.

On a personal level, it jars when David’s sinned against Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed, and then says ‘against you (God) only have I sinned’.

It’s so prone to being taken the wrong way I urged the Salvos take a reading of psalm 51 out of the service of repentance for the wrongs done to children in their orphanages, and elsewhere, exposed by the government’s enquiry into child abuse.

I could imagine the victims of abuse feeling left out of the equation, the opposite of the point of the whole service.

We left it in because I couldn’t find a better expression of repentance. And you just have to accept that our sin does matter to God, even more than the victims of its earthly consequences.

After all our good does. Jesus revealed that giving any random hungry person food is like giving God food.

Anyway it’s an interesting, if flawed, idea, but then he pushes it too far when he says people don’t cry out to God in their oppression under human sin… They do, unless Negro spirituals are without precedent in human history. Mind you, lots of people don’t blame God for their suffering as well.

And he says God doesn’t listen to them or care. Everything we’ve read in the Bible so far contradicts that.

So what according to Elihu does God do for us?

Gives us understanding higher than beasts and birds, gives us songs in the night.

See what I mean? Even when he’s wrong, but he takes these beautiful paths there. Songs in the night!

Anyway I’ve been surprisingly messed up emotionally since my job interview Wednesday. Getting it would solve a lot of problems simultaneously: job security, a financial boost, most likely, and give me a strong sense of a purpose that matched what God made me for. But it is in God’s hands, God’s plan.

Things looked promising on Friday when they got me to send in referees they could call. I asked if that meant I would be offered the job, and the recruitment guy wouldn’t commit, but said it was ‘a good sign’. I almost cried on the phone later as I told Kelly… I get myself to the mindset of accepting it’s all in God’s hands. But then the stages of waiting kills me.

Sigh, first world problem, there is a job for me…

Job 34

Elihu continues to speak, and will for several chapters.

He seems here to be saying exactly the same argument as the friends have made thus far.

He’s highly critical of Job. He devotes a stanza to each of these concepts: God is all powerful. He is just. He knows and sees all.

So if he has seen fit to bring down misfortune on Job, it is deserved. And if Job continues to say it is unfair, then Job is unrepentant.

‘To his sin he adds rebellion’ he concludes. Everything Job says in his defence just multiplies his sin.

It’s a bit of a yawn. He’s a bit like a younger, more black and white version of the older friends. Like a kid fresh out of theological college, full of zeal but knowing more of theology than the world.

Great at loving God, more to learn about loving his neighbour.

The thing that struck me most was when he talked about the contradiction of suffering. He really knows God and talks about the spirit a lot. He understands God as the sustainer. If he withdrew his spirit, we would be nothing. I visualised it as the valley of the dry bones in Ezekiel in reverse.

That’s his reason for rejecting the idea that God would allow random suffering for good people. It’s contradictory because God is the author and sustainer of life. And he’s right, in pure logic.

But all we have to return to is that pure logic is not wisdom, the fear of the Lord is.

I’ve got to concentrate until Wednesday. I have a second interview then for the job managing my department! I’m in contention! But I have to do a 15 minute presentation on what I would do in the first 90 days running the department.

I make a pact now to quote that verse from Job about the fear of the Lord at least once in that interview. Because you can’t run a faith based organisation on logic alone!