November 3 Reflections

A few weeks ago, I was having trouble with our home’s thermostat. It wasn’t working. I checked the manual that came with it and did all the recommended fixes from the obvious to the not so obvious. Nothing. So, I called the 800 number. I was put on hold. Forever. I seriously thought I was forgotten. My call was lost in some sort of “cloud jam.” Just when I was tempted to hang up, a real live person came on the line. I was not forgotten.

This is minor compared to feeling forgotten by God. Have I been forgotten? That is a question that comes from those who are living in God’s story, you, me and Joseph. Joseph had gone from favorite son, to slave, to prisoner for a supposed sex crime he did not commit. He now sits in a prison cell. He had to feel forgotten by God and most likely forgotten by his family. But the amazing thing is that even though he spent day after day in prison, he was part of God’s great story. God was up to something in Joseph’s circumstances for his good and for God’s glory.

Each one of us is part of God’s story. Our lives are chapters in a book of grace. There are chapters that are filled with disappointment and abandonment and feelings of being forgotten. There are chapters where you can literally be in the prison of grief and loss, depression, forgetting your value, and crisis. This is part of God’s story that he is writing. It is hard to see. It is hard to trust that God is up to something good in all your circumstances.  The only way we can trust is to believe that God is almighty in power and that God is our Abba, Father who loves us and is faithful. Maybe you are in a prison of guilt, shame feeling forgotten. Know this: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16) God has not forgotten, he is writing a story that all the circumstances (chapters) of your life are ultimately for your good. We are going to think about this on Sunday as we continue to consider Joseph’s life. Some passages to read and reflect on: Genesis 40; Isaiah 49:12-17; Luke 12:4-7; Philippians 1:6.

Grace upon Grace,

Pastor Verlyn

Something to consider: maybe the story you are telling yourself about your life is not God’s story at all.