Topic: Enjoy The Ride!
Text: Psalms 105: 16-22
Key Verse: Joseph remained a slave until his own words had come true, and the Lord had finished testing him. – Psalms 105:19 CEV
Life’s experiences are better appreciated with hindsight. At the moment you are going through the process, it sometimes does not make sense like the individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, but in the end, when every part is in place, the beauty and worth of each become glaring.
There is a beautiful image of what it means to be in transit l would love to share today because it conveys a meaning l consider relevant that of travelling to a destination on a train. Imagine you are on a train to a town you have never been to before, sitting by the window and having an excellent view of the outside surrounding.
On that trip, sometimes you see new and exciting objects like rivers, hills, gullies, and bridges; at other times, it is just typical farmlands. Imagine the train approaching a new city; you begin to see one or two houses until you are in the heart of the town. The activities around you increase, and the sight and sounds of people, animals, and city movements fill you up as the train grinds to a halt at the station. You realize the station’s name is not what you are looking for, so you cannot disembark from the train, and your journey must continue.
After a few minutes, no matter how beautiful, lovely, or inviting that town is, you just have to proceed. As your train rolls out of the station, you have mixed feelings of sadness and joy because they were parts of that town you enjoyed and wanted to explore, and there were others you wished you didn’t have to have experienced.
Joseph’s life and journey to Egypt started one day like that train ride; some of the events on that journey were not pleasant but were part of the ride. He couldn’t end the trip even if he wanted until God’s purpose for the ride had been accomplished. His time in Potiphar’s house was a stopover, not the last bus stop. His prison visit was part of the plan until God’s perfect work was done.
What is the destination of your journey? What work has been achieved during your transition? The trip will end when your word is accomplished.
Joseph remained a slave until his own words had come true and the Lord had finished testing him. – Psalm 105:19
Do you feel bound or stuck in a place? What tests have you faced? Joseph’s journey was not without purpose, a mission was at stake, and Joseph stayed on that train until it was done. Don’t jump ship or become discouraged; there is a destination God has chosen for you, a throne waiting for you, and most of all, people are waiting to be saved by your fulfilling purpose.
The king sent and had him released; the ruler of peoples set him free; he made him Lord of his household, in charge of all he owned, correcting his officers as he saw fit and teaching his counsellors wisdom. – Psalm 105:20-22 JCB
Enjoy the sights and sounds of your journey; surrender to God’s dealings and learn obedience from the different experiences. Acquire the requisite wisdom for your tomorrow from the lessons of today. The wait will soon be over. Are you ready for your dreams?
Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it, but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. – Philippians 3:13-14 JCB
Father, l thank you for the gift of the stories of others, written to encourage us on our journey, help us to learn obedience, and have understanding in Jesus’ name. Teach us to make the most of opportunities that come our way and help us withdraw from things or people when the time to move on comes, as we set our eyes on the finish line in Jesus’ name. Amen
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