Pentecost 24, Friday, Year C

Inspired by Job 22:21-23:17

“If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.  But he knows the way that I take.”  Job 23:8-10a (NRSV)

In our most desperate times, we call out to the Lord.  Like Job we may cry out to him wanting to know the reasons for the tragedies we’ve suffered.  We might cry out for comfort, knowing we can withstand anything, if we only can feel him with us.  We might cry out for wisdom, wanting to know his will for the path we should take.  Whatever the reason, we cry out in earnestness and expectation.

And we hear nothing.

We feel abandoned by our God and alone in our suffering, unable to feel his presence or discern his will.  Our burning questions go unanswered, our deepest yearnings go unfulfilled.  We must go forward alone, or wither and die where we stand.

But those are not our only choices, and we have not been abandoned by God.  The darkest night and thickest clouds may hide the light of the sun from our eyes, but the sun is still there, providing its light and warmth to the atmosphere, sustaining the earth and all the life it holds.  Though we may not be able to feel his presence or hear his voice, God is always there, and he always knows what’s in our hearts.

Trust in the Lord, and trust in the gifts he’s already given you.  He may not always give you what you want when you want it, but he will always give you what you need, and he will never abandon you or leave you to face the world’s trials alone.

Let us pray.  Steadfast God, you come to the aid of your people.  Grant us patience and faith, that even when you’re invisible to our senses, we can trust in your mercy and presence.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.