Chapter-a-Day Job 33

God's megaphone. "Or, God might get their attention through pain, by throwing them on a bed of suffering…" Job 33:19 (MSG)

Last year, Wendy and I went to see a play called Shadowlands at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. The play chronicles the unique story of C.S. Lewis' relationship with his wife Joy Davidman Gresham. Joy was an intelligent poet, a communist, and a divorced woman. Lewis' friends found her abrasive, but he struck up an agreeable friendship with her. Lewis eventually agreed to enter into a civil marriage contract with Joy so that she could remain in Britain. It was about that time that she discovered she had bone cancer.

In the midst of Joy's suffering, Lewis' own heart began to break. Through his own intense pain, Lewis discovered how much he genuinely loved Joy, and he asked her to marry him "for real." The two were married (despite the scandal of her being a divorced woman). Surprisingly, (or perhaps not so surprisingly) her cancer went into a brief remission and they enjoyed four years together before her death in 1960.

It was out of the terrible experience of standing by and watching Joy's suffering that Lewis penned:

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

Sometimes, our suffering is God's way of getting our attention.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Job 33”

  1. 15-18 “In a dream, for instance, a vision at night,
    when men and women are deep in sleep,
    fast asleep in their beds—
    God opens their ears
    and impresses them with warnings
    To turn them back from something bad they’re planning,
    from some reckless choice,
    And keep them from an early grave,
    from the river of no return.
    The last year or two God has a unique way of talking to me. First, you need to know that I sleep like a rock. Even if I wake up, I go back to sleep in an instant. I can sleep in the car, on a plane, on a desk….anywhere…you get the picture. The last couple of years when God wants to get my attention, he wakes me around 3 or 4 in the morning and talks to me. I can’t get back to sleep and this has become my warning that God is trying to tell me something. It’s been pretty cool, once I figured out that it was God….quite annoying until then 🙂 I like how this chapter explains that God contacts us in different ways when He needs to get His point across. Are we listening? Are we giving him the time to warn us?

  2. Hey . . . I remember you sharing the story of this play with us. I absolutely love the quote – and you couldn’t know how badly I needed to hear that today :).
    Hope you guys have a fantastic week!

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