"And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors." - Genesis 45:5-7
I received the call one evening while I was in my freshman year of college. My parents were selling the family homestead. The house in which I had grown up, where I had enjoyed great friendships and experiences was gone. The family was moving to eastern Long Island, to a very quiet and dreary retirement community, and all I could see was loss with no gain. Little did I know that God had a grand design.
One afternoon Joseph found himself in a pit, soon to sold into slavery and moved to a far off land. The family and home that he had known and loved was gone. For a number of years, all that Joseph could see was loss with no gain. But, over time he was fully prepared and specifically chosen to preserve a nation and his own family from disaster. God had a grand design.
Today, I look back at that college phone call and realize that God was directing my parents for more reasons than their retirement. It was from that move that I found my sweet wife...what a grand design! Do you languish over the changes in life that seem to be all loss with no gain? Do you wonder where the uncharted path will lead you? Be encouraged my friend... God has a grand design for you too!