One of my favorite stories in the bible is the story of Joseph. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to Egyptians passing by. God had given him a dream and that dream caused his own family to hate him. One of the greatest morals of this story, is Joseph’s resilience.
I read a quote once, it was so powerful, “You’re gonna be happy,” said life, “but first I’ll make you strong.” Have you ever felt like you could not go any further? Like life was just dreadful and exhausting? I do. I remember going through a season where I wanted to die, not even disappear or hide out. I wanted it to be over.
🏳️ I was disinterested in dancing, talking and doing things which I loved
🏳️ Taking a shower was exhausting
🏳️ Getting dressed was too much
🏳️ Eating was such a bore
I simply did not want to go on. I’d wake up and wonder, God why did you wake me up today? For what? I thought.
One of the best things we can ever do is get up, get dressed and show up. All that can and will ever happen is that things will change… even if it takes a while before it does. Joseph had every reason to end his life, to pity himself, to be depressed, to be angry and even to kill. But we can take some notes from his life: even if others throw you in a pit, or treat you unjustly or accuse you for things you didn’t do; people may hate on us, even loved ones. But remember God has the last say and He will vindicate you. It’s worth the process. You can go from broken to whole because God created you and He knows the plan He has for you.
Father God, today I pray for people who feel like they cannot hold on. People who have been going through bad times or who have pain that seems unending and too heavy to carry. I pray you increase their hope and faith, give them a breath of fresh air. May they receive courage and boldness to move forward despite their past, feelings and fears. May they identify with Joseph’s resiliency. In Jesus’ name, Amen.