Friends, here is a running story. I run a lot! In fact, if my body had a built-in odometer, it would read at least 600 km for the summer! (This is besides the point…)
A few days ago, on my long run, suddenly and unexpectedly, two vicious dogs appeared from out of the bushes and attacked my dogs! The situation was totally out of control, until my adrenaline kicked in. I was able to grab and hold on to one of the perpetrators!
Though none of us got hurt, it was a scary and nerve-wracking experience. It all worked out just fine – and for our best!
This experience made me think of Joseph! How suddenly, and unexpectedly the course of his life changed. All in a moment. And it was OUT of his control!
Not only was he thrown into a pit, but he was sold to strangers as a slave. And though he was innocent, he wound up in prison for many years.
How he must have felt! Betrayed, disappointed, rejected, unloved, alone, treated unfairly, and so much more!
What I love about his story: he kept faith in God. He kept doing what was right in the midst of his circumstances. He showed patience in his character. And by the way, did you know the true meaning of patience? Patience is not the ability to wait, but it is to do the right thing while waiting!
And when he finally had the opportunity to avenge himself, he continued to practice humility, honesty and truth. Even then, he did what God expected of him: He forgave his brothers!
This is why he could say: “As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day” – Genesis 50:20
His amazing display of forgiveness and doing the right thing (in the middle of very difficult circumstances) not only saved his family from death (physically and spiritually), but it saved an entire nation!
His act of forgiveness paved the way for restoration!
When life throws sudden and unexpected things at us, things that are out of our control, may we remember this: Though we have no power over results, life circumstances, events or timing, we know WHO is with us, WHO is in control. HE will never leave or forsake us. Because “We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose”. – Romans 8:28
May this encourage you today! Blessings!