Sunday, September 14, 2014

You Know Better Than I

I have always felt a sort of kinship with Joseph of Egypt.

I don't exactly know why. Maybe it's because I also consider myself a dreamer. Or maybe it's just because I love the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Both viable options. Especially the second one.

But I think one reason I love Joseph's story is because I can see myself in his story. Not because I have ever been sold into slavery or because my siblings have tried to kill me or because I have been thrown into prison unjustly.

But I do know what it's like to be persecuted for doing the right thing. I know what it looks like to have your hopes and dreams come crashing down. And I know what it feels like to be so humbled--broken, even--that all you can do is turn to God and ask Him to heal you.

Because that is the core of Joseph's story. It is a story of redemption. It is a story of how God does direct our lives, even in the most unlikely ways. And how God will mold us and shape us into who He needs us to be. Not for ourselves. But to bless others.

I've been kind of obsessed with this song lately. It's from the Joseph: King of Dreams movie. I've never seen it--I've only listened to this song. But it resonates with me. Especially the part about how even when we think we're choosing the "surest road," it can still lead us to a situation we didn't want to be in. But when we come to those situations, we can "know in whom [we] have trusted" and find the peace and comfort that God knows what He's doing and will never forsake us.


  1. You need to watch the movie. Then you can write in an English paper about Joseph's girlfriend who gave him food while he was in prison. Oh wait, it doesn't say that in the Bible. There is a story that goes along with that.

    On another note, do you realize how many chapters the story of Joseph takes? We just finished Genesis as a family. Today we were in Exodus 2. And I said, wait a minute, we are in chapter 2 and Moses was already born, raised Egyptian, killed someone, walked across the desert, got married, and is seeing the burning bush.

  2. Here. This is how I watched it a few months ago when I got a hankering. (Because this is somehow a movie I get a hankering for. Means you should watch it, right?)

    Also I thought I saw it on Netflix a while ago, but I don't know if that would help you.

  3. Heather, I do remember that story! It is family legend. :) And thanks, Leslie! If you get a hankering for that movie, it must be worth it.