Saturday, June 15, 2019

The "Meanwhiles" in Life

Life has its wonderful moments - sometimes they last for longer than just a moment. Life also has its difficult and challenging times; sometimes times which are even horrible. This is true for us and for the ones we love.

I'm writing a new book (The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith) and in it I take a look at Joseph . . . today I thought I'd share a bit of it with you. 
"In just one day Joseph went from most loved son of his dad to a lowly slave – not a great day. His brothers took his special robe their dad gave Joseph, tore it, dipped it in the blood of a goat and gave it to their dad. Jacob assumed Joseph had been torn to pieces by a fierce animal and said;  
'I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.' 
We might think this is where Joseph’s life ends – as a slave in Egypt; it certainly sounds like a horrible ending, but it was actually just the beginning. In the last verse of Genesis 37 we read . . .
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard. (Emphasis mine)
Take note of the word, 'meanwhile'. This is a wonderful word! Things may be going badly in our lives, but it does not mean the end for us. We often have 'meanwhiles' in our lives. At the time we may not see what God is doing, but He does not ever leave us alone; so when we experience difficult situations, we are able to believe God is working on something we are not able to see which will ultimately work for our good. He has promised to do this; we are able to hold on to this truth, because you and I - as well as our children and grandchildren - have 'meanwhiles' in our lives, too!"
We all do have "meanwhiles" in our lives; and so do the ones we love. If we are able to model what it looks like to hold on to God, especially when we are not able to see what He is doing, we will help equip the ones we love to do the same in their lives.

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