He spread His wings and caught me, He carried me on His pinions!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Lord is full of compassion and His mercies endure forever. James 5:11

His purpose is always for our good,
let Him lift you out of the crisis!

Reflections of a mother - July 2009.

Overwhelmed I take in, yet another loss – the loss of my son, Johnny.
As I sit quietly, the sadness overtakes me… weeping, because no words can describe this pain.

So I go to God’s word and I read Genesis 37. An old familiar story – the story of Joseph.

I know, in my heart, that God allows crisis in our lives for His good purposes, but it’s hard to understand when one is in the crisis [test], so I return to a story I have heard as a child, and read as a young teenager, an adult and now a grandmother.

As I read, I reflect on how Joseph reacted to some very trying situations in his life – first the hatred of his brothers, where they throw him into a pit and leave him to die. Joseph takes this crisis [test] as an opportunity to grow. After, he gets bailed out of the pit and brought to Egypt, he again, is put in another crisis [test] situation. He learns about the Egyptian culture and language, as well as how to be a leader and then, again, is placed into another “situation” [test] when Potiphar’s wife makes a pass – so what happens with Joseph’s attitude this time? Joseph, again, remains faithful and loyal [aligned with God’s purposes] by running from her but this time he is falsely accused and placed into prison.

Oh, for Pete’s sake. I ask myself, how can one guy go through so many tests and remain so calm? Do you believe God can use your crisis [test] to demonstrate His power in your life? I do. Why?

I love the ending to this story. See Chapter 45 in Genesis.
Joseph said to his brothers, “God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So it was not you who sent me here, but God [Your purpose was for evil, but God’s purpose was for good, to save many lives]."

I believe God allows crisis in our lives to mature us.

No good thing does He withhold from those who love Him.

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