Out of Tune
Today’s scripture selection: Job 29-30
Key verses: Job 30:31
“My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.”
As Job came to the end of his long lament he gave us an eloquent image of grief and depression. He spoke of a musical instrument that could only provide sounds of woe.
Or to put it another way, he lamented the fact that his life was “out of tune.”
Surely we can identify with those times in our lives when, despite our desire to make beautiful music, all we can summon is discordant noise.
Job was at a point in his earthly existence when nothing made sense and the God, on whom he had faithfully relied, seemed at best silent, and at worst, cruel and insensitive.
At such times there are no easy answers. Job’s so called “friends” offered only platitudes and criticism. Again, maybe you can identify with our woeful Job.
But, by God’s grace, such times do end.
Scripture says that mourning may last for the night, but in the morning joy returns. Another old saying: time heals all wounds.
Now, if you are in the middle of a dark time, that assurance can seem like a mere band-aid on a gaping wound. That’s why sometimes we need to just sit quietly with one another and allow the pain to be.
But, it is true. In my experience – both personally and pastorally – I can assure you it’s true.
In time, there is hope and healing.
So, if you or someone you know is going through an “out of tune” time – hold on.
The music will begin again, one day.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be patient and trust in your love, when my spirit finds it hard to sing. AMEN.