It’s Friday…and I must begin by saying a great big “TGIF”!
The reason I am particularly thankful this week is coming to end? It’s been one of those “days” that have run into a week! Ever had one of those? This life has its challenges but I’m so very grateful that hope is on the horizon. Tomorrow…next week…is a new opportunity to begin again in this life process.
And speaking of that word, “process”…if you’ve not read yesterday’s post by Linda, it’s a definite “must read”! The wisdom shared from both a personal and business perspective is excellent…and I wouldn’t expect less for her pen.
Interesting that I had been pondering this particular topic of today’s blog (especially given my own when one of the statements I often use when mentoring is “Between the pit and the palace is the process”! I had been away from the computer all day so had not seen Linda’s post…and when I saw her topic heading…all could say was, “How awesome is that!”
So why “the PIT to the PALACE”? It actually refers to the story of Joseph, the 11th of the 12 sons of Jacob in the Old Testament…in Genesis 37 to be exact. You may have heard of his “coat of many colors” or perhaps you even went to see the 70’s Broadway musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” based on the same story.
Jacob made it very clear to everyone that Joseph was the favorite of his many sons and even had this spectacular coat made for him. Joseph’s brothers were intensely jealous of him, causing them to plot to kill him. Fortunately, one of the brothers, Reuben, convinced the others to instead throw him in a pit after pulling off his fancy coat . Then, while they were eating, they saw a caravan coming, loaded with spices to take to Egypt. One of the brothers, Judah, decided it would be better to sell him to these merchants for twenty pieces of silver!
In order to hide from Jacob what they had done with their brother, they killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s coat in its blood. They took the coat to their father and he immediately realized that Joseph must have been devoured by some wild animal. He mourned for a long time the supposed death of his son. In the meantime, however, Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Midianites and sold to a man named Potiphar who was in charge of the palace guard. Years past and eventually, Joseph rose to become the second most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh. There’s much more to the story but I’ll stop there…just suffice it to say that Joseph made it to the PALACE just in time to be a huge blessing to his people!
Moral of the story…and a great life lesson: often God has to take us from the PIT (our struggle) through the PROCESS (life experiences) to get us to where HE wants us to THRIVE (our destiny and purpose)!!!
Life truly is a process that takes patience and perseverance.
In the process,