GUEST POST from Missy Watts
Our Vacation Bible School has been studying the life of Joseph. This story is taking hold of me. Joseph’s life is all about radical trust (and brokeness). Often, I think we hope that radical trust means that once we are “all in” we will have a smooth path towards our goal and life plan. We think if we just caught the vision we could withstand anything. Well, let’s review Joseph’s life.
He receives 2 dreams from God and excitedly shares with his family. They reject him. Let’s be honest, his 10 brothers get mad, stage his death and sell him into slavery. What kind of plan is this? Then, as a slave, he earns respect and has a pretty cushy job being the right hand man of a powerful individual. In the midst of that, he is falsely accused and ends up in jail. How is this all working together for good? Seriously, I probably would have given up. Those visions were over 10 years ago. Was I wrong? Was that a joke?
Despite the external circumstances, God is with him. Joseph ends up running the jail. Everyone around him realizes that God is with him – even if he hasn’t chosen his place to minister. In jail, he meets some servants of the Pharaoh and correctly interprets their dreams Maybe Joseph’s time has come!!! Nope. Joseph is stuck in jail for another 2 years. It’s only when Pharaoh’s dreams remind the cupbearer that there was this guy . . . in jail.
This does not sound like going from glory to glory. It does not sound like the path any of us would choose. It does sound like radical trust though. It looks like holding on to a promise and trusting in a big God – regardless of your physical circumstances. It looks like people being blessed even in the midst of hard situations – because Joseph was there and knew God. It looks like humbling and growth. It looks like leaning into God – no matter where you are. It looks like amazing gratitude when the story comes full circle. It looks like forgiveness and reconciliation in the end – where before there was division and discord. It looks like God’s good plan prevails and a whole region and family are saved.
Remember you are in the middle of your story. Maybe you had a vision, a hope, a dream. Has it been lost in the midst of difficult circumstances? Do you wonder if God sees and remembers you – at all? Are you running to God as your refuge or have you given up on him? Has it been too long? Have your circumstances been too tough?
God can’t be faithless and he can’t lie. The method, the circumstances and the path may not always be what we expected or hoped would happen. Radical trust may put us in crazy situations where our only hope is . . . BUT GOD. I am praying that you don’t end up in a well, slavery and a jail. If you do though – can you lean into God, allow him to shape and use you in the midst of those places and let him fulfill the dream and vision in His time and way?
Radical trust chooses to trust the character and promise of God, more than our circumstances.May you allow your circumstances draw you into closer relationship with him, trusting that he is able to redeem every situation. May you hold onto his comfort and care in the midst of the hardship. May his Spirit speak life and truth to your heart. Your story isn’t finished.
Missy Watts is a wife and mother of 4 in San Antonio, TX. Her family keeps her busy, but she is always ready to grab coffee with a friend, dive into a good book or start a new crazy idea. Education has been her passion but it is changing as her 3 older kids start school in the fall after homeschooling for the past 6+ years. She is excited to see how God will show up in this step of faith and is amazed at his just right timing and provision so far.