There have been many times in my life that I wonder why I am having to go through this or that situation. Sometimes, it is just one thing after another and you are trying to keep your head above water. Only later you realize, it was all part of God’s plan to get you to this exact point in your life. It then clicks in your mind, and you say, “Ahhh, ok God, I see what you did there.” What you are really thing though is, “really God, was all of that necessary”?! And usually the answer is YES! It is a NEW YEAR, so let’s look at things differently! Instead of saying, “what the heck, God?!” How about, “I don’t understand, but I’m gonna thank you and trust you anyway!” That me preaching to myself more than anything!!
I was reading about Joseph in Genesis. This is Jacob’s Joseph. Coat of many colors, Joseph. He went through a whole lot of stuff before he became the leader of Egypt under Pharaoh. Joseph was the firstborn of Jacob’s true love, Rachel, and Jacob favored Joseph above all of his sons. Naturally, his brothers didn’t like him so much. I can’t really blame them. That would kinda hurt my feelings and probably make me a little jealous as well. To top it off, Joseph told his brothers that he had a dream that his brothers were all bowing down to him. I’m not sure, but I am thinking that ole Jo had somewhat of an ego as well, especially after that dream. Not gonna lie, that would have ticked me off too. Fast forward…eventually Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver. Thanks a lot, brotha’s! The Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh. At this point, I would be saying, “what the heck God?!” However, Joseph became very successful under Potiphar because the Lord was with him.
“Potiphar noticed that Joseph found favor in his master’s sight and he became his personal assistant. Potiphar also put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned.” (Gen. 39:4)
So, things are looking up right now. Gotten a little better since the whole sold into slavery deal. Cue Potiphar’s wife. The little hussy. Am I allowed to say that?! Of course I can…it’s my blog!! Anyway, Jo was a good-looking man! Pretty sure he was in his 20’s and it says that he was “well-built and handsome.” And Potiphar’s wife had noticed. She went to Joseph and told him to sleep with her. Umm…I’m sorry…do what?! Jo refused!! That a boy! Just say NO!!! She kept coming after him day after day. Ugh! Lord have mercy! One day he goes into the house, Potiphar’s wife was there and conveniently all the servants were NOT. She grabs him by his garment and again demands he sleep with her. He said NO woman!! Joseph refuses, again, and he runs out of the house. However, she manages to hold onto his garment. She uses that against Joseph because she was mad that he wouldn’t sleep with her. Bless her heart. (insert eye roll) She takes his garment to Potiphar (her husband) and tells him that Joseph tried to take advantage and make a fool of her. He had Joseph thrown into prison. Here we go. Jo’s just trying to do the right thing! God was looking after him the whole time though. The warden put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners. I mean, if you gotta be in prison, I guess being charge of everyone else would be the position you would want to be in…maybe?? I have to condense this next part so bear with me. Pharaoh had two of his servants thrown into prison because they made him mad for whatever reason. Each one had a dream. They needed someone to interpret the dream. Yo Jo, you’re up! Joseph interprets their dreams. Basically…one has it made and the other will die. Don’t ya know that would be some rough information to take in if you were told you were going to die because of a dream that you had. So Joseph tells the one that will get back into Pharaoh’s good graces to remember him and to help get him out of prison. The guy agreed but the guy failed. A couple of years pass and Pharaoh ends up having a dream. Well, no one can interpret it except you know who!! Remember the servant that forgot Jo? Well he just happens to remember that Joseph interpreted his dream. Joseph interprets again, but this time for the big dog! The interpretation for Pharaoh’s dream was about a great harvest and a great famine. There would be seven years of each. After all of this, Pharaoh appoints Joseph to be the leader of Egypt under him. Joseph did not rule Egypt, but every decision made did go through him. Basically, Jo is kind of a big deal. Time goes by and we get to the years of famine that were predicted from Pharaoh’s dream. Joseph is about to be reunited with his brothers. Long story short, his brothers come to Egypt to get food. Joseph is angry at them at first, but eventually, all is forgiven and everyone is happy! And that is some MAJOR paraphrase action going on, because a lot happened in between all of that, but I have to get to my point. I do encourage you to go read it, because it is a wonderful story. There are two verses that I want to point out in this story.
“So then, it was not you that sent me here, but God.” Gen. 45:8
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Gen. 50:20
Joseph went on a crazy roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but only to get him to the point that God needed him to be. Whew! Yall don’t even know how much this is speaking to my own heart right now!! I don’t know what all you are going through or have been through in the past, but it is for a reason. I don’t know the reason. TRUST ME, I DON’T KNOW THE REASON!! However, God needs you to go through this to get to that. Follow me?! I also want to point out the fact that through the entire story of Joseph, God was with him!! He didn’t go through any of this alone!!
This past year has been one of those roller coaster rides of emotion for me. A lot of ups and downs. It has been emotionally draining. It doesn’t help that I am overly emotional at times anyway, but add on some heartbreak and death of loved ones and I am in over my head. Don’t get me wrong, there were great times this year as well!! I mean, I got to meet Tim Tebow for crying out loud!! #yearmade!! But walking into 2018, I will be doing it with a different perspective. Instead of questioning God so much, I am going to do and try my hardest to just go with it. Accept things as they come, and just say, “ok God, I don’t know why, but I will trust you none the less.” Now listen, this will be a process for me!! Ha! It will not be an overnight deal! It is something that I am going to have to pray over and work on. Praise God that forgives me because He knows this is not a natural thing for me and I am going to mess up and get frustrated. That is my goal though! For me to accept things instead of ask why every time! Hard times are going to happen yall. It is inevitable. So, if we know they are coming, instead of asking why, how about we get on our knees and ask God to get us through?! What difference that would make! I challenge you to do the same!
God, thank you for new beginnings!! I pray it is the best one yet!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!