Perception plays a big part in what we do and say. If I perceive you are an open, honest person, I’m far more inclined to trust you than I am if you appear closed and aloof. And, it has always been that way. I don’t know if the signs were actually there, but our history books (at least the ones I had growing up) tell us that centuries ago, at the point where the Mediterranean Sea spills out into the vastness that is the Atlantic Ocean, maps showed warnings that advised, “Beyond this point, there be dragons.”
All that drove me to Job, especially the end of his story. I see the later chapters where God and Job are talking set up as if in a courtroom with the the wise old prosecutor pacing back and forth dealing out fact after fact that just nails the guy in the witness chair into silence. In a way, that’s what God did and Job, having gained some valuable perspective, speaks what we read at the beginning of Chapter 42. He has been personally humbled by the presence of “I AM” and now sees things with fresh eyes.
My journey along the Crooked Path could often use some perspective - especially the kind only God can bring. If I, like Job, can humbly accept that kind of lesson, I will begin to see those around me in a different way. And, seeing them as God sees them, I may find myself more accepting and compassionate about what they are going through on their own path. Perspective - I don’t think I’ll look at a flat map again the same way.