I have four daughters. When they each graduated, there were many things I wanted to give them, but I especially wanted them to have something that would last them forever – something they could pull out at their most discouraged to give them hope. They were about to embark upon that great search for their meaning and calling in this world. I wanted to give them courage and faith to carry them through.
So I told them the story of Joseph.
As a young man, Joseph was diligent, obedient, and faithful. He also had big dreams — dreams that got him ridiculed and even rebuked by others.
Eventually, Joseph’s own brothers grew to resent him, and when they had the opportunity, they planned to sell him for a few pieces of silver. Joseph ended up in the house of an Egyptian officer, and shortly after, another betrayal landed him in prison.
Everything seemed to be wrong, and Joseph’s big dreams suddenly seemed impossibly foolish.
His life appeared dark and without hope. But Joseph remained faithful to his Elohim and faithful to the gifts YeHoVaH had given him. Through his faithfulness, Joseph was able to pull himself out of the darkest of situations to a place of power and honor — and finally, his big dreams were realized.
Finally it was clear how all of his troubles came together for good to save the lives of not only his family members, but the entire population of the surrounding area. Finally, he had found and accomplished the great calling he had been dreaming of since he was a boy. He was almost 40 years old.
I told my daughters this and I tell you now to demonstrate that although we may be impatient to find the Almighty’s calling for our lives, our true duty is to stay faithful to YeHoVaH and to the gifts He gives to us. If we are faithful, our purpose will come.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love YeHoVaH and are called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28
I, just like Joseph and Moses (who was in his eighties when he led the Israelites out of Egypt!), had to wait many, many years to find my place in this life.
It is a long and difficult road often paved with uncertainty, snares, and pain. But it leads to the most incredible, fulfilling awareness – that of being in accord with the will of the Almighty.
So, stay strong, stay faithful, remember Joseph and Moses, and don’t lose hope if you are still waiting. Your purpose is coming. The road continues on…