Friday, July 24, 2009

The Plan

Have you ever had something happen to you that wasn't in your original plan, but when its over the outcome is better than what you had planed in the first place? Happens to me all the time, turns out I'm not so good of a planner.

I have been on this quest lately to read the Bible. I'm pretty darned determined to do it, which if you know me if I ever get determined to do something...well you know...come hell or high water it will be done. Its taking me a LONG time to do it though because I am taking my time, and making sure I really understand what God is telling me in his word. Because I think the determination to read His Word in the first place is God pushing me into a more personal relationship with Him. (You know except for all of the "begots" in the first of it Like Abraham laid with Eve and she begot Cain and Able...its just too much for me)

While I was reading there was this one story that really spoke to me and what is going on in my life right now that I really feel God calling me to share. It is the story of Joseph. First a little background:

Joseph was his father's favorite son. He had older brothers that hated him because he was the favorite so they planned to kill him. They took him out and decided to sell him to slavery instead of killing him, so they sold him to the Egyptians as a slave. Years passed and Joseph found favor with his master, and he put Joseph in charge of all of the other slaves because he could trust him. Soon the masters wife tries to get Joseph to sleep with her and he runs away. She lies and tells her husband (Josephs master) that he raped her and Joseph was put in jail. In jail he found favor with the guards and was placed in charge of all the prisoners. While in jail there was two other prisoners that asked Joseph to read their dreams. He did and what he predicted came true. He had asked them as payment for reading their dreams that they remember him when they get out of prison and ask the master to set him free. They forgot him. Fourteen years passed and the master talked of a dream he had, then the other prisoner remembered Joseph. They brought him out of prison to read the dream. The dream meant that Egypt would have seven years of great harvest, and seven years of famine like never before seen in the land. He suggested that during the seven years of great harvest they save food, so they will have enough for the famine. The master was so pleased he made Joseph one of the rulers of Egypt, also in charge of saving the food, and passing it out during the famine. Well a really long story short (OK not so short) he reconnected with his father and his brothers because of the famine and brought them to live with him in the palace. Soon his father dies, and his brothers are afraid that he will kill them because of what they have done to him.....(and here is where is gets good)

When they told Joseph their fears he says (This is not word for word)
"My brothers, don't you see? Because of your actions I have been able to save many people. What you meant to do out of evil, God has brought good."

Joseph's situation went from bad, badder, to worse. There was one phrase during this entire story that I kept reading that just popped off the page at me "God was with Jacob" Because God had a plan for Joseph a nation was saved.

I don't know who may be reading this, I don't know where your hearts are tonight, I don't know what your going through, but I do know that God has a plan for YOU.

Now, I'm not saying that you are going to go out there and save a nation (but you could, who knows!) but I guess this entire, really long (so sorry about that), post is to say that even though you may be going through a hard time, maybe you have been disappointed about something, maybe your whole world is in shambles at the moment, just know this:

1. GOD is with you
2. God has a plan for your life.


NanaKim said...

You see my sweet baby girl, God has had a plan for you in His service since you were a little girl. You were always the one who memorized the most verses, who understood all the stories told from the Bible, you were chosen by God for a purpose and that purpose is in His timing and will. In the mean time continue to grow close to God and stay focused on His light and you will succeed in everything you do. I know He has guided me since I had you and before. Remember the simple little song: "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so"
I love you Tae Tae and my heart swells with pride for your reconnection with Christ to raise my grandson in the leadership of church and will of God. I will be by your side always.

Kelly said...

argh- I just wrote you a long comment and then lost internet connection!

Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for writing this. I'm having a hard time just letting go and knowing that God has a plan for me. I do know this, but it's hard for me to give up control and not get frustrated when things don't go according to MY plan.

Sometimes, though, I do wish God would just give a little hint about what's going to happen! :)

Orions Mom said...

What a great post....thanks for stopping by my blog I'm now following you :)

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