SHOWING ITS STUFF
May 28, 2008
“Do you have an arm like me? Can you shout in thunder the way I can? Go ahead, show your stuff.”
--Job 40:9 (in The Message)
This is an important quote for me, because I am always trying to “show my stuff”. I’m always trying to prove something about my “self” – that I can do whatever it takes to bring happiness to life. Just this morning, I’ve already been trying to demonstrate how organized and earnest I am: making my plans for the day, getting my lunch ready, laying out my clothes. (Notice all the “my’s”.) In the above passage, God, the infinite Universe, is poking a little fun at this kind of “me first and last” attitude – the attitude that says “I” am front and center in the entire Universe, that nothing will get done unless I do it. I can imagine the Universe continuing with the questions: “Can you organize the way I can? Can you teach the way I can? Can you keep your heart beating the way I can? Can you create happiness and beauty the way I can? The answers are so obvious as to make the questions seem silly. The Universe (God, Allah, the Tao, etc.) is constantly “showing its stuff”. All little me has to do today is relax, let go, accept, be patient, and enjoy the show.