Find the Good

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Learning from Joseph Part 1

One of my favorite Bible stories is the story of Joseph. He went through so much in his life. Let’s get a glimpse of what he went through:

  • Brothers hated him and pushed him into a pit and sold him into slavery
  • While he worked for Potiphar, Potiphar’s wife seduced him and he turned her down; in turn she lied to Potiphar and said that Joseph seduced her
  • Potiphar put Joseph in prison
  • He was in prison for quite a while, met two men there and one of them got out of prison and after two years told Pharoah that Joseph could translate his dream
  • He translated Pharoah’s dream, was released from prison and was made one of Pharoah’s highest commanding men – he was put in charge of the palace and all men
  • Joseph was used to save His family

Let’s look at the passage when he reveals himself to his brothers:

Genesis 45:3-7 NIV
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not 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. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Did you see that? He realized that God used this horrible situation to save his life, and the life of his family. How many of us can say that instead of seeing the negative in our situation, we can see what good has come out of it.

Look at your journey, whether it’s infertility or something else entirely. We all have something throughout our journey we can be thankful for or see something God was doing whether to grow us, prepare us, teach us, help others or be a testament to someone else of what God can do in the midst of suffering or tragedy. I would love for you to comment with what you’re thankful for or what God has done in the midst of your suffering or tragedy.

For me my journey has been all about the process to fertility. As most of you know, I’ve struggled with infertility for 10-14 years, but I believe that’s not my final story. And on the path to the ending of my story that God has promised, I have many things to be thankful for, and many things He’s shown me and taught me through it all:

  • Place my hope and trust in Him and I won’t be disappointed
  • He’s a promise maker
  • His time is the perfect time
  • He has so much for me than I can imagine
  • He’s a good father, regardless of my circumstances
  • This journey has brought me even closer to Him than ever before
  • The sisterhood with other women on the #ttc journey
  • The ministry and calling He gave me for Embrace Bravery

And that’s just a few of the good I can see through this journey of struggle. He is so much bigger than anything I can see in front of me. It’s time to start believing that.

Comments

  1. I’m thankful we are about 98% of the way done with our home study. It feels so good to be closing in on that finish line after what a roller coaster ride it was!

    1. Author

      I love that, Caitlin! That’s so huge! Cheering you on! Doesn’t it feel good to find the good?

  2. Joseph had such a long road of waiting, and he didn’t see the good come out of his situation for a very long time. Yet, he remained faithful to his God. Such a great story!

    I’m thankful for the time and freedom I have had to nanny a couple toddlers and invest in the lives of many teenagers, though none of them are my own.

    1. Author

      He really did, it’s such an encouragement to me in my season of waiting. Love what you’ve been able to find to be thankful for, in the midst of your wait!

  3. Yes yes yes! I love the story of Joseph. I actually had Genesis 50:20 tattooed on my collar bone after loosing our first baby. “What you mean to harm me, the Lord has used to change my life and the lives of many”. I would love for that verse to be my legacy when my wait to be a Momma is over. This journey could have killed my faith, hurt my marriage or literally taken my life. BUT… Jesus. Because He came in, I can say this journey has changed my life…and prayerfully… the lives of many!

    1. Author

      Oh my goodness…yes!!!! I absolutely love this, my friend! I’ve been saying “But God” a lot lately. Infertility is a part of my story, but God. I’ve been waiting for 14 years, but God. I’ve felt so much heartache during this journey, but God. God is so much bigger than all those things. And what the enemy meant to harm me, God will use for my good, for His glory and for changing lives of those He uses me to impact.

  4. I love your perspective and I could certainly stand to learn from Joseph.
    My “fruit” for 2017 has been joy- it isn’t always easy or natural for me to look for the good so that has been something I’ve been learning to do throughout the year. There are so many ‘God moments’ that we can miss if we focus on the negative.
    Thank you for the reminder that He is bigger!

    1. Author

      Yes, love it! You are so right, it’s not a natural thing to find the good, but we find so much joy when we learn to do just that.

  5. I love the Story of Joseph. And I am thankful for the ways that God is preparing me to be a mother in this season and to give life and encouragement to others!

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