“Or you can pull in the sea beast, Leviathan, with your fly rod and stuff him in your creel?” Job 41:1
A few days ago, during a downpour, Dunnings Creek rose about two feet within a couple of hours. After the water began to subside, a monster-appearing figure sat planted in the river close to the dock. I watched to see if it could move on its own power—as if were alive. As the river began to return to normal, the creature presented itself as a twenty-foot tree trunk that had gotten hung up on rocks.
In Job 41 we read about the sea beast, Leviathan, which has never been determined to be a whale or a crocodile, both which are considered very strong and fierce—as is our God of Creation. God assured Job if anyone was to try to seize him, no matter how they tried, they would fail. And, the very sight of him would make a big man faint away.
Job was nearing the end of his struggles with God and was told, “It is good to remember the battle before we engage in a war…,”
Good advice for us to not jump to conclusions about what might be potentially harmful to us. Job got it. He ended his controversy with God and went on to have a satisfying new life. And, I look at the big beast in the river as potential fuel for the fire pit.
Help us, Lord, to look at the beast in the eye before over reacting. Amen.