"Hast thou given the horse strength; Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper?
The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength:
He goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted;
Neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him,
The glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage:
Neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; And he smelleth the battle afar off,
The thunder of the captains, and the shouting" (Job 39:19-25).
Horses are one of the most fascinating creatures that God created!
Photo by Rebekah L. Holt, eQuest Photography
A Christian Concoction for Conquering Complaints
Written September 2009
For me, complaining has presented its challenges to overcome. Working in our family business, I have had the "privilege" to spend hours doing things I do not necessarily enjoy: being placed on "hold" with foreign technical support because of an electronic malfunction, being transferred to a second, third and maybe fourth automated phone message system, having to call to correct a corporate clerical error because someone else punched the wrong button, or simply trying to locate a bill so we can pay it on time—just to name a few "sample by-products" of my utility nemesis. Truly, my first response is to act like the conquered martyr of the phone company and go into a theatrical monolog of all the pettish wrongs I have endured by the invention of Alexander Graham Bell and his creation's counterparts.
While some humor may be found in this example, a coping with an utility company is a really trifling issue in the larger picture of life. We often face even greater struggles: unemployment, uncertainty of the future, illness, dashed hopes, disappointing relationships, and even deaths. Perhaps we sometimes feel inadequate or even a failure because things have not worked out as we had planned or anticipated.