Unexpected turns in the road

Daily reading: Genesis 37:3-8, 12-16, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21
Wednesday September 28, 2016

Focus passage: When some Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up out of the cistern.  They sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, and they brought Joseph to Egypt. Genesis 27:28

The funny thing about life is that no one person is 100% good or 100% bad.  We all live in the in-between space and on any given day make good or bad decisions.  We hide actions to save face and we often go along with the loudest voice even if it isn’t the best path to take.  That is why this story is compelling.   As we read we wonder how the promises of God will play out in the complex family dynamics of dysfunction.

Joseph had this vision, this dream from God that one day his family would benefit from him and now he is on the long dusty road to Egypt as a slave without any freedom.  He had begun his day excited, wearing his new coat from his father, with dreams fresh in his mind of how his future would unfold, and now bound and tied and walking toward an uncertain future.  There are times in our lives when all we can see is what is going wrong in our lives and feel like we are on a long journey through the desert to an uncertain future, know that God walks with us. 

Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for your sure and constant presence in my life.  Help me to turn to you when I struggle with my relationships.  Amen.


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