I get claustrophobic pretty bad anyways & with concrete walls on both sides of me, cars, not moving - I am serious - I almost pulled a Ricky Bobby - wanted to run out of my car screaming "Help me Jesus - Help me God - Help me Oprah Winfrey".... seriously - it was bad!!! A big thanks goes out to my sister friend Lynn who called me & talked me through about 35 minutes of the SIT!!!
But, I will say - I did get to read alot of my Bible while waiting the long wait. I was actually reading JOB.... Lynn recommended me switching to a happier book of the Bible while I felt I was being tortured....I have to admit, I did after awhile because again, wanting to run down the freeway screaming isnt the time to read of a man being tested....
Something hit me though when I got to work (& after the car fumes cleared out of my head) - Job was a man who feared God - had integrity & shunned evil (all of this is stated in the Bible).... But a few verses stood out to me:
After being through his first test - the Bible says:
Job 1:22 - "In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing."
Then the second test happens:
Job 2:9 - "His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God & die!"
Job 2:10 - "He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God & not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
I'm thinking - if Job is a man of God & has such integrity - you would think his wife was a decent woman. But she even turns on him & tells him to curse God!!! She couldnt take the stuff that was being thrown at them & their family.... & admittedly - it was some harsh stuff!
But I love that Job just looked at her & called her a foolish woman.... he didnt let anyone sway his opinion or his relationship with God there!
There are times when our family or friends may break & not understand anymore - or want to bring you down with them.... but this is the moment where you have to be strong - even if that is standing on your own... standing up for what you believe is right!
Note: Husbands!! Do NOT use this as an excuse to call your wives FOOLISH!!! (wink!)
I will also recommend - keep a Bible handy folks ... you never know when you're going to be stuck somewhere for 3 hours....