And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:4-5
God has a plan for you but most of the time you do not understand it.
At seventeen years old, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. I think of how he must have felt as a teenager away from home and family for the first time. No longer free but a slave. He probably cried himself to sleep for weeks.
Some twenty years later it became clear to Joseph what God had done for him and his family.
He is no longer a slave but the second highest ranking official in Egypt. He preserves the life of Egypt and the finances of Pharaoh and eventually reunites with his family.
He forgives his brothers for selling him all those many years ago.
You and I cannot see into the next minute much less twenty years from now. When you place your life into the will of God you know it is going to work out for the best – even with times of sadness and pain.