I've been reading the story of Joseph. A young man's life goes in the wrong direction. What could be worse than being sold into slavery at the age of 17 by your own brothers?
Reuben, the oldest, gives us a glimpse into Joseph's horror, when he recounted the incident...years later. "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen." Genesis 42:21. Joseph cried and pleaded with his brothers as he was shackled by the Midianite merchants and taken away.
And even after "right living" he was thrown into jail for something he didn't do. And it was not a short jail term. Then...the one friend who had a chance to get him out---forgot about him.
But God knew.
God knew the outcome.
It's hard to believe Joseph's words...later in life. I'm sure these words did not come easy.
"Don't be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you........it was not you who sent me here, but God." Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept.
And I don't think Joseph could have said these forgiving words earlier in life..when he was living with Potiphar or in prison. I think he had some hindsight at this point. And perhaps some maturity.
All this to say...ONLY GOD KNOWS what's going on in our lives...or why things happen. This story gives us every reason to trust Him.
In my post "The Bases are Covered" I shared about my own son, and about his new job. So far he still has the job. Oh...and one more update...I decided not to go back to college. I know I made the right decision. I still plan on taking a class or two.
Have a nice day!