A little like Joseph


Anyone who read yesterday’s blog post can surmise that it was just ‘one of those days’ for me.  They come and go, but inevitably I awaken the next day and realize how blessed I am.  This morning I was reading the story of Joseph in the Bible.  I’m struck by the fact that he endured some things that really were outrageous!  His brothers sold him as a slave, and he was wrongly accused and imprisoned.  Years of his life were spent either as a slave or a prisoner.  I don’t know about you, but I would certainly feel justified in raising some cane if either of these things had happened to me!

The Bible tells us, though, that the Lord was with Joseph all the while.  God protected him and caused everything he worked on to flourish and thrive.  Even though there were a few things that seemed to go wrong in his life, God never allowed anything catastrophic to happen to him.  He protected him, and used all the ‘bad’ things for Joseph’s own good in the long run.

It’s in this way that I can relate to Joseph.  There have been things in my life that have been less than desirable, but nothing earth shattering has happened to me – at least not yet.  I feel that God has blessed me immensely in this way.  He has, thus far, protected those who mean the world to me from sickness and harm.  He has protected my family from financial hardship.  He has protected us from suffering natural disasters.  He has provided for us everything we could possibly need.  He has even blessed us enough that we can use our resources to bless others.

Joseph eventually became second in command in Egypt.  Rags to Riches.  He remained faithful to God, even in the worst of circumstances – and God also remained faithful to him.  God knew how the story of Joseph’s life would end.  He knew the hard times wouldn’t last forever.  He also knew how Joseph needed to grow and be molded so that he would be ready for the later triumphs.  He knew all along.

I have no idea really when I began writing this post.  It’s been a few years, I’m sure.  I just finished the above paragraph today.  “Nothing earth-shattering has happened to me” is no longer true.  My earth has shattered and been rebuilt a few times.  During the rebuilding, I have been able to see glimpses of what God may have already written in my future chapters.  I am so thankful that God provided us the account of Joseph’s life, as proof that beauty can rise from the ashes.

My ashes have been dark, and some still are, but they are becoming more and more full of color.  My ashes are becoming beautiful.

About Beautifully Polarized

Life is ever changing. God is working in me more everyday. He has blessed me with a husband who is my best friend in every aspect of life, and three children who teach me about life and love everyday. He has blessed me further with friends who help me get through the rough days, and laugh with me on the good days. And, I believe He gave me the best mom a girl could ask for. He has also given me trials so that I can grow into the person He intended me to be. Walking with Him makes life in this world bearable.

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