Our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Sunil & Family. May the Lord shower
His heavenly peace upon you and your wife and son.
Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and
lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for
twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt."
Often, when we look for direction from God we seek the miraculous.
We search for a sign, a voice or a vision to make our paths plain.
However, God can and does employ more common (even painful)
experiences in our life to provide direction for our lives. We lose
a job, experience a break up in a relationship, financial
instability, stricken with an illness or something is taken from us.
These "life events" may be God's way of causing us to look in
another direction. God will often close a door, to point us in the
direction of another.
God has a purpose and plan for our lives. The problem is - so do we.
Often our plans and God's plan are not the same. We often seek
things that are short sighted. God knows this and allows certain
events in our lives to point us in the right direction. Often these
situations look nothing like what we think God's plan for our lives
should look like. We must be careful not to misconstrue God's
direction as persecution. "God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to
His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
If anyone's life demonstrates this principle it's Joseph. Joseph
received a dream from God revealing his destiny. In his dream he was
in a place of prestige and power. In a matter of days, Joseph went
from being his father's favorite son to being a slave in a foreign
land. He was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery and taken to Egypt
to spend the rest of his life. Unbeknown to Joseph, all of this was
God's way of positioning him to fulfill his purpose in life. Joseph
had to go into the pit, to meet Potiphar. Potiphar's wife had to
falsely accuse Joseph for him to be sent to prison. It was in prison
where Joseph met attendants in Pharaoh's court. It was because of
this time in prison that Joseph received the opportunity to meet
Pharaoh. When he met Pharaoh he entered into his destiny.
When Joseph laid his head down to sleep that first night in Egypt he
was far from home, but squarely within God's plan. God
declares: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways
My ways, "declares the LORD." For as the heavens are higher than the
earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than
your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). I am sure Joseph saw the changes in
his situation as set backs, when in reality they were setups. God
was providing "divine direction" through what appeared to be
disaster. Each disappointing turn in his life pointed him in the
direction of his destiny and purpose.
Now you are experiencing what appears to be a disaster or dead end
in your life, when in fact it's direction. As you experience your
transition, never lose sight of God's sovereignty. Sometimes God
allows us to lose control so that He can take control. When Joseph's
brothers threw him into the pit, I am sure he had no idea he had
taken the first step toward his destiny. After looking over his life
and all that had transpired, Joseph was able to say to his
brothers: "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it
for good in order to bring about this present result..." (Genesis
50:20). Everything he thought was an accident was really providence.
It was divine direction!
I know it is not easy to digest in your present situation. I think I
can understand it better than anyone. As I mentioned in my earlier
letter I lost my first son just 4 days before due date. I lost my
younger brother at the age of 3. That too he got drowned in the pond
in our own compound itself. So no one needs to explain me the pain
of it. But still in the midst of it please keep your focus on our
Lord who died for our sin. Only He can give you the divine peace
which He left with us. You will be kept in our daily prayers.
With regards & prayers,
Leena & family.