Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 26 - delay

I have started taking some medication for allergies and have been in such a fog, living for naptime, hoping that once this medicine kicks in it'll be worth it. So here I am, sitting here, waiting for water to boil so I can cook some pasta for dinner and I'm thinking I have nothing left to write.  

Then I remembered, one word, one name, a name I mentioned to my little sister as we shared our moment of "me too" talking on the phone earlier today. The name is Joseph.

We was a most beloved son, obvioiusly a beloved son of Jacob his father but also a beloved son of God, who gave this young man prophetic dreams of a glorious future. He saw, in his dreams, his father and mother and all of his brothers bowing down to him... 

Fast forward a little while and Joseph finds himself 
in a pit
sold as a slave
falsely accused
put into prison

Yet God hadn't forgotten about Joseph
God's plan did not hit a delay.
God's purposes for Joseph's life were right on time. 

I have found during seasons of waiting that it is tempting to feel like God's blessings got stuck in traffic. Sometimes it is easier to think that maybe we were wrong to hope for that thing, you know that little hope or dream or idea God has put on our hearts, than to fight for hope in the moments when reality is staring us in the face. 

Suddenly Joseph is brought before the Pharoh to interpret the great ruler's dreams and he is subsequenly given the position of second in command in the most powerful empire in that part of the world. Joseph waited a lot longer than he ever thought he would but he also rose to even greater prominance that he must have ever thought he would too.

So yes, this season of waiting may be taking forever to come to an end, and yes maybe you are holding onto promises while you are in your own personal pit, and maybe the reallity of your situation is the complete and total opposite of where you thought you'd be by this point. 

But I am saying this to you and I'm really saying this to me: let hope arise. 

God has not forgotten you 
God has not hit the pause button on his plan for your life
Neither have you irrevocably screwed up God's pruposes for your life
The waiting may be long but the end is going to be something else:
Greater than we dared to ask or think or even imagine. 

Genesis 49:22“Joseph is a fruitful bough,
a fruitful bough by a spring;
his branches run over the wall.
23The archers bitterly attacked him,
shot at him, and harassed him severely,
24yet his bow remained unmoved;
his arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
25 by the God of your father who will help you,
by the Almighty who will bless you
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath...


  1. Let hope arise. We are right in the apple of his eye, even in the longest days of waiting...and waiting. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.


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