Job was a man greatly blessed by God. He had a wonderful family, prominent standing in his community, and he was wealthy. One day all of that was gone. There are many lessons to be learned throughout the life of Job, but the one thing that stands out is found in Job 42:3 "Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know." Job was stating the fact that everything happening in his life was above his understanding, it was beyond his pay grade. So the only thing he could do in the middle of his loss and suffering was trust God!
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. I have given much thought to this day. My mind is not concerned with the menu, the weather, or what I will wear. My thoughts are of an empty chair. The chair that has been occupied for many years by my brother Steve. Oh yes, he will be there in spirit, but I must confess, that won't really be enough. If I had a say in the matter, he would be there in the flesh but I was not consulted on this. So like many families this year, we will gather but not be complete. Maybe we should just cancel Thanksgiving this year?
No! Let's do something radical. Let's celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. The ones we loved and cherished for influencing us in so many ways. There will be tears, laughter and maybe even a little healing. Let me know if this is a good idea! I don't want to be sad the entire day, a moment or two that's a given, but I know Steve would want us to celebrate. Perhaps your loved one would want that too.
So as we look at the empty chairs this Thanksgiving, TRUST GOD! Man, this is way above my pay grade.