No one wants to be a close acquaintance with thatguy. Maybe, like me, you aim to shy away from the stories of loss and pain, in hopes it’s not contagious.
Job loses all of his children when a mighty wind collapses the house of his oldest child while all of his children are gathered. All Job’s children die. Soon after, Job loses his sheep and servants to a fire. Bandits steal Job’s remaining livestock.
Despite the tremendous loss and pain, the trials for Job have just begun. His wife betrays him—instructing him to curse God and die. Calamities continue. Job’s body breaks out in boils. Sitting in ashes, Job resorts to scraping his skin with pottery shards to alleviate the pain.
Job’s life shatters into a million pieces. His livelihood. His home. His family. His marriage.
Leif and I began a little practice that transformed our marriage and our relationship with God.
After years of following Jesus, participating in Bible studies, attending our local church, studying Scripture, we found ourselves burnt out on both ends. Every spiritual discipline we tried became something to check off our to-dos, nothing that transformed our hearts. Our prayers felt flat. We skipped church on Sundays more than I’d like to admit. Giving wasn’t a priority. Our spiritual lives lacked depth and vibrancy.
We longed for God.
And so we practiced something that some may consider downright silly.
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage. Click the image to learn more.
Margaret, Leif, and Hershey are traveling all across the country this year. Check out the speaking schedule to see when they visit a city near you.