No matter who you are or where you are in life, we will all face times where you have to make a choice to give up and quit, or push through and persevere. At times, quitting seems like the logical, or maybe the easy thing to do. However, do you ever stop to think about what would happen if you chose to persevere?
In this era of social media, stories of challenges and victories are everywhere. Whether you are a Christian or not, the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is a great tale of perseverance that many have heard about. If you are not famiiar with it, here is a quick summation. God gave him a great dream, which he shared with his “blended family.” He was, then, thrown into a pit to die by his own brothers, he was sold into slavery, and if that wasn’t bad enough, he was later imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.
Through his entire life, with all the troubles and disappointments, Joseph continued to push on. Think about how hard it must have been for Joseph, all those years of suffering and not knowing why. When there was finally a ray of sun shining in his life, there was yet another setback to overcome. But what Joseph didn’t know, as many of us in our own battles, was that God was up to something…something good.
In our life, when we are going through struggles, we turn a blind eye to what God is doing, we focus on how challenging the situation is, and immediately throw ourselves a pity party. We all have a choice in how we respond in these moments. You can get anchored in the mindset of defeat and hopelessness, or you can choose to seek God’s guidance and direction to decipher what He is doing in you in this process.
After all the trials, and because of his faithfulness, we see God lift Joseph up and place him in a position of great authority and honor. God did something in Joseph that was only accomplished as he walked through these horrible moments in his life.
In your blended family, how many times have you felt like Joseph? Feeling like you are in the pit or, worse yet, serving a prison sentence you don’t feel you did anything to deserve.
Being in a blended family doesn’t always feel ideal. At times, you may have felt like this was a huge mistake and it’s never going to get any better. It’s at these times, that you have to hold on to God’s promises and remember that He’s got this. Just like Joseph, if you continue to do what God calls you to do and persevere, He will do something in you, and your family, that you would never be able to do on your own.
We pray that in your moment of struggle, you seek God. He is the one that will bring all the pieces together to work for good. We know that God will do a mighty work in your family. It’s His promise.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 NIV