This is a very nice reflection of ourselves. Read first the verses Job 1:6-22 in my previous post to have more insights in relation to the beautiful sharing below.
You Are the One
Let me share with you this encouraging story forwarded to me.
One day the employees of a large company returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door that said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”
Everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious as to who this person might be.
The excitement grew as the employees arrived at the gym to pay their last respects. One by one, the employees got closer to the coffin and when they looked inside it, they suddenly became speechless. They stood over the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.
There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.”
Today we read from the book of Job how he was tested by the devil. Satan dared him that if his circumstances change, surely he would no longer be the good old Job who reveres God. God allowed Satan to change his circumstances but not to touch his soul. Job’s fortunes did change. He lost everything, except himself and his faith in God. Job’s story is a powerful reminder for us that we are above our circumstances. You are the only person who can really define your life and your happiness: not your circumstances, not your fate.
Your life does not have to change when your circumstances change. They are beyond your control. But your response to these changes depends on you.
Are you just flowing or floating along the river of life? Swim against the tide. Remember, only dead things float along the river.
Lord, I thank You for the wonder of my being. Help me discover my uniqueness. Help me summon the strength I have as a child of God. Guide me as I chart my destiny to the best of my abilities, with the help of Your grace. Amen.
St. Elzear, pray for us.
Thanks to Fr. Joel O. Jason for this very inspiring story.