My goal this year is to read the bible. As I've read, I thought I would relate most to those who struggled to have a child of their own, like Abraham and Sarah.
But instead, the story I keep going back to is the one about Joseph. As I was reading his story, I first felt sorrow. To be betrayed by your own family must have been horrid. Some of his brothers wanted to kill him; in the end, he was sold into slavery.
But he made his best of the situation and was eventually given a higher position. But again, the devil tried to take him down. Even though Joseph choose the right path, his accuser won and he was thrown into jail.
I couldn't help but wonder if Joseph ever thought if death would have been easier. First a slave and now in prison. At the very least, he must of had to wonder if he had been forgotten and forsaken.
And yet, he still made the best of his situation. He didn't sit around and mourn that life was unfair. Instead, he always took the situation and tried to make the best of it. He didn't just pass away the time, but went above and beyond.
This once shepherd boy became one of the most powerful men in Egypt. He had a humble beginning, but not a humble attitude. But God found a way to humble him and lead him to something much bigger. He didn't choose his situation. But he didn't let that stop him from doing his best. Because of Joseph, an entire nation was saved from starvation and ruin.
To top it off, he also saved his family. The same family that had once contemplated killing him.
God took his terrible situation and turned it into something great.
It makes me wonder what God has planned for me.