Yancy writes: "A cake is not "about" eggs, flour, milk, and shortening: a chef merely uses those ingredients in the process of creating a cake. In the same way, Job is not "about" the vagaries of suffering but merely uses those ingredients in its author's overall scheme."
I think we all frequently focus on past events to describe ourselves, even to ourselves. Yet Yancy reminds us that all of the things that have happeed to us or by us are just ingreduents in who we are now. They shape us to who we will become, but we are not defined by them.
This post was inspired by the book "The Bible Jesus Read" by Philip Yancy.