They happen throughout every season in nature, and every season in our life. We could be in the best season ever; where it feels like nothing can go wrong. Then… BAM! We end up struggling with depression, anxiety, feeling worthless, hopeless. Or… We could be in the worst season ever. We already feel like nothing is going our way, but then there is even more stuff piled up on top of that.
We all struggle.
It’s sometimes comforting just to know that. Social media has changed the game because all we get are people’s highlights. We don’t get to see the struggle behind the post. That girl who has always been told she is worthless, but she posts awesome pictures of herself in cool coffee shops. That guy who is struggling with his identity, but posts pictures of himself on all these amazing looking trips.
We forget that others struggle too, but here’s a great example of someone who went through every struggle known to man. Take a look at our dude, Joseph.
Joseph is a guy we can all relate too, because he dealt with struggles just like we do. He was thrown into a pit and sold to slavery by his own brothers, was sent to prison because he was accused of something he didn’t do. Joseph had some struggles, am I right? For 13 years Joseph had to go through heartache and pain for things he did not even do.
God had given Joseph a vision at a young age that all of his brothers would kneel before him. Jealousy overtook all ten brothers and pushed them into getting rid of their own flesh and blood. Luckily, Joseph did not ever freak out about his circumstances but trusted God with the outcome.
Joseph ends up in the prison and the king found out God had given Joseph the ability to read dreams. Joseph told the king that his dream meant they were going to have 7 years of great harvest, and seven years of nothing. The king brought Joseph on to his “staff” after this as governor to make sure they would have enough food over that 7 years of famine to survive.
God had brought Joseph from slavery, to prison, to the palace!
Now, we get to see what Joseph has to say to his brothers after all these years. Take a look at Genesis 50: 19-20
But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50: 19-20
Joseph had every chance to tear down his brothers for what they did. He even had the power to kill them if he wanted to. Thankfully, Joseph gives us a perfect example throughout his entire life-time that if we follow God and trust Him with the outcome then He will always be faithful in our lives.
When we struggle it tends to make us self-reflect on our own life. Personally, it has pushed me into a stronger relationship with Jesus. I read the bible more, grow deeper in my faith, and trust God more with my situations.
We all have a story to share. God is writing a new chapter every single day. What is it that you are going through now, that you’ll be able to share with others later in the future?