November 25th, 2008
“For I alone know the plans I have for you. Plans for good and not for evil. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I recently returned from leading worship at a camp for over 100 youth, ages 12-18 in the Southern CA foster care system. It was a moving time for us all. God led me to share with them about the story of Joseph. It is a story that we all need to remember, for it resounds with the promise spoken of in Romans 8:28. “For we know that God works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to His purposes.”
Joseph’s story began with a vision and a promise of greatness. He soon after was abandoned by his brothers and sold into slavery. Carried to Egypt, he worked hard and was promoted, then was lied about and thrown into prison. Though he probably wondered where God was in all of this, he never abandoned his faith. He honorably used his spiritual gifts to bless those around him, which eventually is what led him to be ruler of Egypt next to Pharaoh. He proceeded to save his family and countless others from a deadly famine.What a crazy process Joseph went through to get to the fulfilled vision of his life! So often God’s children find themselves stuck in the trenches of the process, disbelieving the preluding promise and future hope. But God is looking for Josephs to rise up in the land and to stand firm, believing that even the hard times, the unjust experiences, the failures, and the hurts, will somehow be worked for good. What an amazing God we have! He creates beauty that rises out of what was meant for harm. No one else can redeem, heal and use our lives for greatness like He can.
I am convinced that it is what we do with the cards we are handed in life that determines who we really are. It is my prayer for you, and for the foster youth I ministered to, that you will trust in the awesome love of God to work miracles in your life and that you will never doubt in his goodness and power to do more than you can dream of. In the end we will surely see that God is always faithful!© Hannah Ford 2008