like the dawn

I’m nearly finished reading the account of Joseph in the Bible.  I just love a good story with a happy ending, don’t you?  I have read the story innumerable times and will continue my life- long to take it in with fresh wonder.  It is the story of family, the story of a dreamer, the story of jealously, the story of the enemy seeking to wipe out a life of influence, the story of a father’s love for his child… the story of me.

The theme that rings loudest in Joseph’s story is redemption.  He was cruelly separated from his father to live as a servant in a foreign land only to realize later God’s plan of salvation had orchestrated it all in order to spare nations from desolation.

Do you see Jesus?  I do.

This morning, as I drove on interstate taking my children to school, I looked with new appreciation at the landfill alongside the highway.  I know, it’s strange.  Normally, I’m trying hard to not breathe in when the stench of the dump fills my nostrils in that vicinity!  But today, the sun cleared the horizon shortly before I approached the landfill, and the dawn’s light shining over the fog in that barren place was simply beautiful.  The Spirit spoke, “That dump represents your life before I redeemed your heart.”  He speaks truth!  I am in a season of reflecting on the mighty deliverance of my God.  I can’t even be completely thorough in my explanation of what I have been delivered from, but I think it is suffice to say, by the time I was eighteen, I had seen some pretty devastating consequences of choices made apart from the knowledge of God’s will.  It is almost unimaginable that I can look back on my childhood with fond memories when I consider the evil I faced:  adultery, alcoholism, arrests, fighting, marital separation, and the list goes on.  It’s not pretty, but neither is a landfill.

Oh, that we would see our messy lives with the eyes of God!  Like Joseph knew hatred, bondage, betrayal and unjust accusations, he also knew that God takes what was designed for evil and uses it for good.  I guess that is what the dawn’s brilliant light was speaking this morning:  “There is beauty here, even if the foundation is a landfill.”

Bring it all under the covering of the Lord Jesus:  the injustices, the mistakes and the failures.  Be found pure in heart like Joseph.  Follow his example:

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun”  (Psalm 37:6).

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