I’m a slow writer. I usually start writing something, put it on hold, pick it up again a week or so later, put it on hold again, then maybe – maybe – I might get around to finishing it in a few months. I kid you not, most of the things I’ve posted here I started writing months before I actually got around to posting them. I don’t know why I do that. I still have a lot of unfinished articles I’m planning on finishing.
So it’s been a few days since my last post. It’s not that I’ve been busy – I mean, I have been busy, but that’s not what’s kept me from posting. I was busy before, but I still found time to post. And no, it wasn’t the internet blackout either. That only lasted for a day. (WordPress.com participated in the blackout, so I wasn’t able to access my blog that day, and I’m assuming you weren’t either.) There has been a lot on my mind, a lot of change going on, and not for the better, so it seems anyway. A lot of times I let negative things bring me down, and when that happens I become very unproductive. Hence the reason why I haven’t posted.
But I try to remember the story of Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but then became the head servant (a prominent, lucrative position) to a wealthy man in Egypt. Things seemed to be looking up for him. But just when things started to look good for Joseph, misfortune struck again. The man’s wife accused him of doing something he didn’t do, and he was thrown into jail for a couple years. While in prison he interpreted a dream for a fellow prisoner, predicting that the prisoner would be released shortly. His prediction came true, but the prisoner neglected to do anything for Joseph after he was freed, leaving Joseph shafted again. To top it all off, let’s remember that Joseph’s mom had passed away when he was young. Joseph experienced a lot of hardship early in life.
But things changed for Joseph. He became the second most powerful person in Egypt (second only to the Pharaoh), which was the most powerful kingdom on earth at the time. Joseph predicted the world was in for a terrible famine, and because of his position, he was able to prepare Egypt for it. Because he was prepared for it, he was able to keep a lot of people from starving to death – including his own family.
God used Joseph’s trials for good, tremendous good. If Joseph had never gone through what he did, he never would have become second-in-command of Egypt (a position that made Joseph incredibly wealthy.) And if he had never been second-in-command, he never would have been able to save his family from starving. If the line of Jacob had starved there never would have been the kingdom of Israel, and if that had never happened, Jesus never would have been born to us. God not only rewarded Joseph abundantly for remaining faithful during his trials, but also used Joseph in ways that were so much bigger than any one person could have imagined.
We may be disappointed when things don’t turn out the way we had hoped, and we may find ourselves in situations that seem impossible for anything good to come out of. But God uses our trials to do amazing things in ways that we could not have realized beforehand, not only in our lives, but also in the lives of our family, and others around us. We just need to be faithful to God, and not let bitterness creep into our thoughts, and God will reward us and use us in remarkable ways.