One more reading from Job brings us to the end of the book today. The Lord blesses him with great wealth and offspring. Job died old and full of days we are told. He says that God can do all things, and that no Divine purpose can be thwarted. He repents and receives the blessing that awaited him.
I never really know what to think of this reward system. I am not convinced that this is what I believe. Today was also the Feast Day of St. Therese Lisieux, or the Little Flower, as she was known. Her story stands somewhat in juxtaposition to Job’s. She was not full of days when she died, but rather a mere 24 years of age. However, her life was extraordinary in several ways regardless of its brevity.
She teaches us to be small and humble, to love God in all things, even in those people with whom we dislike. She shows us a simple life, with a great desire to serve God, but even this in the end is not to be the missionary work she longed to do. Simplicity and fidelity are her gifts to us. As with Job, she knows that God is Holy. She sought to serve him in the routine of her daily life, with small acts of great love.
This is a reminder to me that we can be full of days, without a long life, simply by making each day count for something beautiful in the service of God. When we think we understand God and the Divine purpose that unfolds us we should be wary. Our egos can get in the way and that can be an attempt at thwarting what is to be. Job learned that God is the Creator of all things now and ever. He repents of his ways, ways that are all too familiar to us. I know that I can box God in some days, though I often say my God is a God of surprises. What I share with St. Therese though is a deep love for the Trinity an a desire to serve where I am needed. She says in her autobiography that without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing. I think this is accurate. May I always seek to serve with love.
How are you filling your days?
Does a long life mean a blessed life?
God of Grace, give me a heart of love that I may serve you all the days of my life. Amen.