Then the Holy One answered Job out of the whirlwind:
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy??”
—Job 38.1, 4, 7
God doesn’t belittle Job
or criticize him for his lack of knowledge.
God reminds him
that his life, even his suffering,
is part of a great, grand wonder,
that Job is himself a vast marvel
of which only a little bit
Oh, Universe, you,
don’t be made small
by your anguish.
You are not your pain.
You are more immense,
more wondrous, more beautiful.
Your brokenness is held
in our infinite Oneness
and even your peace
unfolds beyond you.
—October 17, 2018