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The Journey

Where were you when?

Scripture: Job 38:1-11

Where were you? Where where you when the world was created? We often think we know so much. We have therories about almost everything, but when it comes right down to it we know next to nothing. We are still wondering about a great number of things. We have television shows dedicated to trying to prove mysteries that many of us question. Questions like where exactly did Amelia Earhart’s plane go down, or did it?

One of the greatest mysteries is how did humans emerge to life? There are several therories: Aliens, God, evolution. The crazy thing is none of these therories can be proven beyond a shadow of doubt. There are holes in every therory even the ones we believe the most. There are only therories because science is based on observation and the origens of live cannot be observed because NO ONE was around.

Job is asked where he was when Earth became. The answer is pretty clear, “I wasn’t there!” Yet we all debate this issue as if we know exactly how it happened, as if we were a witness to the actual event. There are things we will never know, things we are not supposed to know. We are not supposed to know exactly what our friends are thinking. If we did not only would the relationship be boring, but we would probably end up disliking everyone.

Imagine if we did know everything? there would be no reason to pursue knowledge, no reason to build relationships, or to even create art. In essence we would be nothing more than animals, smart animals. Our curiosity, creativity, and emotions are part of our humanity. As is the ability to recognize that we cannot know it all.

Job was give a chance to recognize his true humanity. He was given the oppertunity to pursue not only knowledge but a deeper relationship with God. So where were you? As you pray examine your humanity, who you are and where you are, who you are around. Maybe even why you are…

Have fun just imagining with God, and sittin in Job’s place.

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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