“If only my anguish could be weighed
and all my misery be placed on the scales!”
Job 6:1 (NIV)
The other day in a random conversation Wendy quoted a forgotten source who said that if we were able to throw our troubles into a big exchange pool with everyone else’s troubles and we had to opportunity to see what others are dealing with, we would gladly take our own troubles back.
If you put Job’s anguish and misery on the scales next to my puny problems, I find that I have nothing to complain about.
I have thought a lot about that word picture Wendy shared with me ever since she said it. As I think about Job, as I hear the “woe is me” lamentations of others, and as I feel my own daily pangs of self-pity, I find that a good, strong dose of honest perspective is good medicine.