Personal Ramblings, Spiritual Musings

when bad turns to good–eventually

“As it turned out, God was with Joseph and things went very well with him.” Genesis 39:2

Joseph was betrayed by his brother, sold to strangers, taken to  a strange country. Traveling with Ishmaelites, Joseph saw his future clearly: a slave in chains till his dying day.

But God was WITH Joseph. God was not trailing in the desert ,behind the camel to which Joseph was shackled; God was with him, making sure the sisal rope didn’t cause an infection. God was not off on another job when Joseph was put on the auction block; God was with him, propping him up so Joseph looked brave and strong on the outside.

What strikes me even more is that to make Joseph’s story have a great ending, God was at two places at the same time at every one of Joseph’s ordeal. He was with the Ishmaelites, whispering to them the right plans for Joseph, He was with Potiphar, prompting him to buy Joseph.

And that’s the lesson I am learning right now–God works, on my behalf, in the hearts of those that matter. The past year has been a rough one and I have felt the righteous wrath of fellow church members. It was so bad that some have seen me cry (and that has happened only once before). To make things worse I could not share my side of the story fast enough to catch up with the ill-intentioned little mob. And even if I had, the other side was far more convincing and  was one that didn’t beg the listener to look for another perspective. Things were so bad that I couldn’t write (and that also has happened only once before)

It has been difficult to let time and God take their course.  But I must, like Joseph, remember that God is with me and things will go well.

Personal Ramblings

what about Lost

The new season of Lost has begun. And I’m excited to get back in the story. Yet that’s not like me . . . Movies that don’t reflect real life is some way in not my thing; karate epics where Chuck Norris single-handedly crushes every bad guy in town or vampire trilogies that document the hunt for pure blood and vengeance doesn’t do it for me.
So why am I hooked on Lost? It’s pure unrealistic fantasy and yet I treated myself to one continuous 24-hour frenzy couple of weekends ago and watched every episode of the third season till my eyes were dry and my head was pounding. Loved it!
What is about Lost? Don’t know. It’s certainly not the Bollywood style melodrama or the ridiculous line of superstition or the fact that all the women still have a stash of makeup left on the island . It’s not even the fact that they are “lost” (and I’m not). I think it’s because of the survival element of the show, the never-give-up attitude that comes through. It kinda makes me feel that fight to survive attitude brings relevance to my world.
Actually, it’s more than that. Lost is not just about surviving, it’s about making the most of being lost.
Spiritual Musings

your radius of responsibility

Gen 1:26 Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible.
I’ve lost count of how many times my children have responded with a “But I can’t, I don’t know how.” I’m the parent and I know they can; if I thought they couldn’t, I wouldn’t bother asking them to!
Similarly, as your creator, God knows your strengths and limitations. It is with this knowledge that he gives us all varying responsibilities. It is with the same knowledge that he anticipates spiritual growth in each of us.
So when faced with what seems like too much to handle, remember that your radius of responsibility in your life is indicative of your spiritual growth and integrity. God’s expectations of you are a compliment to your spirituality.