Monday, June 25, 2012

to save a life.

How he loves that coat of many colors 
It was red, yellow, green, brownscarlet, black, ocher, 

peach, ruby, olive, violet, fawn, lilac, gold, chocolate, 
mauve, cream and crimson and silver and rose 
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange and blue.

His name was Joseph, and I'm going to assume you know the whole story, but here's a VERY brief cliff note version... He was the youngest, most favored.. got a coat from dad. Brothers hated him.. put him in a well. Sold him. Told Dad he was dead. 

But God had other plans and orchestrated a whole bunch of events that stripped Joseph of all his dignity, and pride. 

Then a few years later those same brothers were starving and headed to the "white house" for some help feeding their families back home. They didn't know it, but Joseph had been called by God to be His very hands and feet... he had been chosen to be in a position of leadership. Saved in order to love on the lost and needy. Joseph was able to help his brothers.  Dad was even elated to find out that he his beloved son was alive! 

Well, when Dad died. Those brothers were very afraid that Joseph was going to do something horrible and awful to them in retribution... I think you'd call it fear. So, after all the funeral hoopla they sent word to Joseph and asked for forgiveness and this is what Joseph said.. 

 “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:19-21

Why am I telling you this lil story that is of course true? 

Because of the words.. " you intended harm for me, but God..." 

When God grabs a hold of your life. You can't help but change.. and if your called.. you get to help others have chances they wouldn't normally have. God allowed bad to happen to you to shape you into what He needs you to be for those around you. That in itself is mind blowin!  Embrace the bad....recognize the good.... then save lives. It's that simple. It's all part of the beauty of how God works. 

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