I have written about The Book of Job before, and thought I would briefly revisit the topic.
Job is going through what’s typical of a classic dark night of the soul: Loss of what matters to him, illness, disturbing inner experiences, a sense of being abandoned by “God and man”.
This brings up shadow material, wounds and so on – so it can be seen, felt and loved. (Or “owned” and “integrated” in more modern language.)
And it brings up identifications and beliefs as invitation for questioning and inquiry.
So in a very real sense, what happens is a form of love (and it may or may not be experienced that way as it happens).
The illustration above is taken from William Blake’s beautiful illustrations of The Book of Job.
Note: The dark night of the soul is typically preceded by an awakening of some sort, of a living from the immediate recognition of all as God/Spirit. This is the honey moon, and a dark night of the soul may then follow to bring up whatever in us is not (yet) aligned with reality so it can align more closely with all as God, Spirit, love. That said, any time life shows up differently from our “shoulds” it’s a dark night, and an invitation for shadow material and wounds to be seen, felt and loved, and for surfacing beliefs to be examined.
Note 2: The Book of Job talks about God and the devil. As in Hinduism, these can be seen as two facets of life or reality, two processes, which are really one and the same. Job may at first imagine God as that facet of reality that aligns with his hopes and shoulds, and the taking away of this personified as the devil. And yet, these are all facets of the same process and of life and reality.