"... God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 'So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me a. father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don't delay. You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me -- you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. I will provide for you there...'" ~ Genesis 45:7-11 (NIV)
WHAT IS YOUR EGYPT???
I wish I could tell you that ingenious question (and the idea behind it) was my brainchild... Alas, I was once asked that question, along with a room full of people, by the beautiful (and, if you'll forgive me, badass) Dani Johnson.
Though, I cannot count the number of times I've recounted the question in conversation with loved ones. And now, I bring it to you.
That evening she was asking, what in your life that appeared at first to be a blessing is now some form of enslavement?
Take some time to think about this. Really.
No, it's not a get out of jail free card when marriage gets hard or there's a task set before you that seems too big a mountain to climb.
I'll share more about this part of my life someday, but... In 2010, I had a terrible work accident, though we had no idea how bad it was at the time. The work comp system is set up to be a blessing for those injured, but nearly 10 years later when God finally parted the seas and allowed me to walk... well, kinda... out of that same system, every fiber of my being would have told you for years and years and years that it is in fact an unjust, oppressive, and abusive system.
It's still a new thing, and I thank God for that freedom every single day.
Sometimes, the things that either are or seem to be a blessing at first are not in the end. It's worth taking time to mull this one over.
Do you have an Egypt in your life?
I pray that, whatever you encounter as you make the inquiry, you know and are steeped in the Peace that passes all understanding. I pray the Father would grant you His strength and grace and comfort as you walk out the path set before you, as you co-labor with Him to break every chain. Amen.
"So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers treated them badly and made them work hard... They didn't show them any pity. The people suffered because of their hard labor." ~ Exodus 1:11&13-14 (BSB)
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." ~ John 8:36 (NIV)
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free... serve one another humbly in love." ~ Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.
Bonus praise song... ♥