Thinking of Joseph today and asking some questions. His reunion with his family must have been incredible. I imagine the guilt of his brothers being erased and the joy of his father being restored.
Then I remember Joseph's dream so many years before that day. Is this how he thought is would be? The Joseph that others bow before is so humble. The rainbow robe long gone was replaced with rags for a time. He actually became the brother his brothers desired him to be living in prison. Until a good God sovereignty lifted Joseph out of the pit with a loving hand just as He said He would.
So often we have dreams. We want to be used by God. We want our inheritance as Abraham's descendants and heirs with Christ. When God uses us, when those dreams come true, do they look like we thought they would?
Did Abraham think being the father of many nations would mean years upon years of infertility and barrenness?
Did Isaac think being a miracle child, born for the sole purpose of carrying on his father's legacy would look like his sons fighting and running?
Did Jacob think receiving blessing would contain living in fear of his brother or working and being cheated for 14 years?
The answer is emphatically, "No!" But these are snippets of lives of ordinary men picked by the hand of a sovereign God to demonstrate his grace throughout all generations. There must have been many, many times these men cried out to God asking him how long. The result was their characters were molded to reflect his goodness and mercy as their destinies were being fulfilled.
As I wrestle with what God's sovereignty and grace look like in my own life (After all, I do have a reunion this weekend!) I am reminded as I measure all the places that still fall short that this is only a part of the story. May the fullness of his grace be revealed as my story continues.