I received an interesting birthday gift on Sunday…an injury to my back.
It was sudden and unexpected. I was running and lifting on Sunday morning, and was flat on my back just a day later.
As I laid in my bed on Monday, all I could think about was getting my mobility back…just to be able to walk again without pain.
What a difference 24 hours makes.
Isn’t life like that?
I was reading the story of Joseph this week. We know that Joseph was the favorite of his father, Jacob. This favored status made him the target of hatred from his brothers.
Jacob’s brothers conspired to kill him. They instead decided to throw him into a pit, and he was eventually sold into slavery and taken to Egypt.
You know the rest. The Lord granted Joseph great favor in Egypt, and he went from being a slave to the chief administrator of Egypt.
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.’ So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.’ Genesis 41:39-41
Joseph went from favored son…to fearing for his life…to slavery…to a position of high honor.
What a difference a few years can make in our lives.
We have a wonderful promise through Jesus. A promise that our realities today- however difficult our current circumstances may be- don’t completely define our future.
My prayer today is that I will look beyond my current condition and seek God’s will for my future. I want to see how my current situation can lead me to a better walk with Jesus.
And please let me know how I may pray for you.