My Perspective of Lesson 2: Overcoming Our Fear of Our Family’s Well Being
Joseph developed a solid understanding of God’s character, but it didn’t come easily. He was sold into slavery at age seventeen by his brothers. He was wrongly accused of rape, thrown into prison, and then forgotten by those who promised to help him. Read the verses (Genesis 45:5,7,8; 50:20) that describe his response to his brothers years later…” – Grace Fox, Pg. 7
That day left it’s mark. I remember staring in dumbfounded pain and disbelief. I remember feeling chilled.
Not her! Of all people! Not her! How could she do that to me?
It took months to figure out that she had always been this way. Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. The ensuing months brought a wide range of fun emotions. The grief and the depression debilitated me. Sheila Walsh’s book reminded me that I grieved for what I never had, and I thought:
Not me! Why is this happening to me?!
I spent Saturdays that year for months watching several hours of television, drinking coffee, and not moving or engaging with the world. The computer stayed dark and silent, or I would stalk it and read the things I knew I shouldn’t read. It would only cause more pain and yet like watching a car wreck I slowed and rubber-necked.
Joseph had every reason not to get out of bed in the morning. He deserved a pity party or two for the bad things that happened in his life. Instead, he understood God’s word. He knew God’s character. God turned something men meant for evil into something good. All those things happened for a reason. It taught him humility, wisdom, and grace. In the end, he showed his brothers love and mercy. No one bailed him out of his situation.
Hurtful things, Fox says, are a catalyst for growth. If we attempt to bail out our loved ones from their troubles, they will never experience the kind of blessings that God showers on those open to growth. Fox also says that without being allowed to learn from our problems or situations we will instead become self-made and independent of God. Our fears for our loved ones can cause us to bail them out instead of standing back and getting out of God’s way. Joseph’s story is inspirational that way. He depended solely on God. He demonstrated trust in Him.
I learned that overcoming my depression was an intentional step forward everyday, even an effort at times, to not dwell on what I never had growing up. I have found value in my story as it helps other broken people come to terms and move forward, to see God’s goodness and soverignty. Fear would have left me immobile on that couch and in my life.
Read Romans 8:38-39
Question From the Lesson: Recall a situation in which you saw God’s control over the details of your life or in the life of a loved one. Praise God for being soverign in the past. Praise Him because He’ll continue to be so in the future.
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