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Good Morning MVC - July 23rdby Sarah Goodale on July 23, 2020
Good Morning MVC,
Last night it was announced that Tahoma plans to start the school year completely online. I was volunteering at the first in-person youth group since all of this started when the news came through e-mail to parents. As I was processing my own grief and then thinking about how many students, teachers, and families would be impacted by this decision I began to be filled with worry. As a distraction, I started to talk with James Holtz (one of our youth interns) about what he would be talking about to our High School group. We had this great conversation about Joseph and all the ups and downs of his life and how God was always working behind the scenes even when he must have felt like nothing was going the way it should.
For those of you who may need a refresher, Joseph was given a dream for the future when he was just 17 that he would one day be raised up and that all of his family would bow to him. As you can imagine this did not make him popular with his brothers. His brothers sold him into slavery and told their father that he was dead. I am sure Joseph was thinking that this was not the dream he foresaw. Then as a slave, Joseph served a powerful government official and became overseer of his whole household. Joseph must have thought things were starting to look up but then he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit and put into prison. While in prison he became the top assistant to the chief jailer and then God used him to interpret the dreams of a couple of Pharaoh’s servants. When one of those servants was restored to Pharaoh Joseph asked for one thing, “please tell Pharaoh about me and get me out of here.” I am sure Joseph thought finally things will get back on track but the servant forgot about Joseph. After two years the servant finally remembered Joseph and helped him to be freed from prison. Joseph then rose to power in Pharaoh’s kingdom becoming his right-hand man. After all this, he is finally reunited with his brothers and this is what he says:
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Gen. 45:4-8a NIV
Joseph did not know that his dream meant that he would become a leader during a national crisis but God did. I love what Joseph says, “God sent me ahead of you”. Church family we are in a crisis but do not miss what God is doing, He has sent His church ahead of this crisis. We are a family of believers that truly loves and cares for one another. I challenge you church family to be like Joseph, even though things have not gone to plan, look around at your circumstances and ask why has God placed you there? Can you help the single mom with childcare one day a week while she works, can you bring a meal to a dual working family to give them a break, can you commit to praying for and encouraging a student or teacher weekly in this next season? God is calling us church family to be love, light, and hope. The way that we choose to view this crisis will impact the faith of generations to come. May we be known for how we radically love and care for those that God has strategically placed around us. I love you so much church family.