Thursday, January 27, 2011
Thoughts on Thursday
One of the good things about January, is that I get
to start my year over through the Bible and of course
January means, I get to start at Genesis, the book of
beginnings. Which also means, I get to read though one
of my very favorite stories, and that is the story of Joesph.
No other story in my reading
ever moves me as the story of Joesph, but today what I wanted
to focus on was a passage I read yesterday. In Genesis 50:15
"When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.'
"Joseph wept when they spoke to him." (19-21) "But Joseph said to them,
"Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
"As you meant it for evil but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today So do not fear;"
I have thought about that now for two days. How many things that happened in my life
that I didn't not understand, things that I thought were evil and unimaginable. Yet, always
at the back of it was if I could only let go of the fear, and that was what I noticed, Josephs
brothers still felt they deserved severe judgment from their brother, to accept his
forgiveness was foreign to them, but as long as their father was alive, they could live
in peace with Joseph. But when their father died they expect Joseph to act in the way
they had acted to him. When their Father was out of the way, they did evil. They threw
their brother in a pit and sold him into slavery. But one thing I noticed, that even though
Joseph may have been the second in command to Pharaoh himself, he remains a slave the
rest of his life. Yet, he lived in more freedom than his brothers did because they lived
in fear. Joseph has to keep reassuring them to not fear.
I am like Josephs brothers most of the time, I think. I live in fear of the what ifs and what
will people think and all of that instead of taking chances and taking those steps of faith
that seem to be so important in the lives of people I admire. To take that step of faith
knowing that no matter what, God is there. I don't live that way. I live very carefully.
I read once, " What would I do, if I knew I could not fail."
I think now, I want to live, so what if I do fail,? I will get up dust myself off and
do all of the things I am afraid of doing.
So one of the things I have wanted to do all of my life is write to the glory of God.
So I will and I hope you will continue to come along for the ride. Really as I stumble
along in this life I have been given.
Have a lovely Thursday!