Throughout the busy day, I’ve found it’s a healthy practice to take some time to be quiet and listen. As a person who believes and studies the old and new testaments, I’m often pondering scriptures and being in nature is a logical place to grow. On the day that I painted this piece I was thinking of verses out of Job 12. This book has proven to speak to me the most. It’s a story of a man who lost everything in a sudden moment. Lost his children, his livelihood and his health in a single day. Throughout the book he is trying to recover physically, mentally and spiritually and a group of friends stop by to speak with him and offer their advice as to why things have gone wrong. Opinions range from one extreme to another placing blame on everything from Job to nature to God. At this point, Job is speaking about how God must be involved in his calamity, who else could be responsible? I won’t spoil the ending of this book for you, it’s like anything good, it invites you to be revisited over and over and everytime you will learning something new. This verse stuck out to me personally because I was dealing with a series of disappointments at the time and questioning what was my fault and what was God orchestrating things for the good of those who love him. Although here Job is considering that God may be behind all these natural consequences he’s suffering, the beauty of what comes out in his thoughts is a picture of how God is speaking through all creation.
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”