Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Reading about Joseph this morning. Genesis 45. What an example he is to me! Despite being mistreated by his brothers and sold into slavery (and presumed dead by his father), when he sees his brothers again, he is gracious with them. He doesn't want them to feel guilty about it! (how is this even possible???)

He says, "God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So not it was not you who sent me here, but God..." (vs.7,8)

Two things stuck out to me this morning. First, it seems to me the reason Joseph could so quickly forgive those who had hurt him was because he had a firm grasp on the sovereignty of His God. He knew that ultimately it was God who sent him to Egypt, not his brothers. He could say with confidence, "You meant this for evil, but God meant it for good."

Wow, I could use a little more of that attitude in my own life!

Second, I was just really impressed by Joseph's ability to see the purpose of God in the situation. He could get past his own feelings and look objectively at what God was doing. How many times have I let my feelings get in the way of walking in faith??? Focusing on the frustration, instead of imagining the bigger picture. Too many times to count!

And yet, in Joseph's life I see a peace that I want. He had vision for what great things God could do with his life. And he embraced it, even when it was hard. Lord, help me to think this way! Cause me to see the spiritual significance of my day to day circumstances. I want to be available to You!

Going through pics's been awhile since I've posted anything, so there were lots to choose from. :) These are from back in October. We met my sister and her kids at the pumpkin patch for lunch.

These two really love each other. It's so sweet!

Dave surprised me and took the day off. That's just about the best surprise ever! :)

We didn't have much luck with the family pics. :)

Having too much fun with my sister living close now! I am very, very thankful for the blessing of family, especially for my kids' sake.

All for now...


Sarah said...

Rachel, thank you! God used u as a tool today. To say this is what I needed to hear today would be an understatement. The pics are beautiful, and the message full of Christ.

Jeni said...

Beautiful post. This is my desire as well, to not only see God in the beautiful things in my life, but in the dreary and difficult things as well. Thank you for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

So fun to have your sister close - what a gift! Glad to catch up a bit with your family thru your blog!
~Robin :)