Saturday, November 10, 2007

Joseph's coat

Last night Emma, Ruthie, and Olivia came over for a pajama party. I was talking with Jen about maybe watching a movie towards the end, and she mentioned that they had checked out Joseph: King of Dreams from the library. Things always go a little smoother if we have a couple of structured things planned, so I did the Joseph--a coat of many colors lesson from Danielle's Place (you might need a membership to get to the Joseph lesson--if you don't have one, consider it! I definitely get my money's worth out of it!)

In the lesson, the kids listened for me to say a color, and then colored a stripe on Joseph's coat that color--like I'd say "his brothers were green with envy" and they'd color a stripe green.

Two things struck me as I read the story from my Bible last night. First, how many times it said, "And God was with him." The other was now long it was between when his brothers sold him to the slave traders and when they saw him again. A lot of that time was pretty "black" time--neither being a slave nor being in prison for something he didn't do would be very pleasant, and I'm sure that even after he was raised up, it was a hollow victory without his family. I'm sure there were many days that he wondered when, if ever, his dreams would come true.

Those are good reminders for me. I've been in a bit of a black spell since March, which feels like a long time, but is nothing compared to the two years Joseph was in jail, or the many (maybe 20? just my guesstimate--several years in Potipher's house, 2 in jail, 7 years of plenty, some number less than seven years of drought) years of waiting to see his family.

It's one thing to know in your head that black is an important color in the tapestry of your life, and another to believe it in your heart when it's a long time coming.

Thanks, Lord that you are with us and that you weave it all together for good. I'm ready for another color, please.

5 comments:

Jen said...

I think we forget, I know I do, that without the black to contrast, the other vibrant colors of our life wouldn't stand out so beautifully.

the rockstar said...

PJ - Sounds like fun! I love that you are doing lessons with the kids from the Bible. Something I will hopefully do in my future with my own kids someday...

black -- I cannot really relate to all of that, but I just wanted to let you know my heart still hurts for you. I do not comment much on it, but I read about it. Just so you know...

Kim said...

I hope that you get your next color soon too...

e-Mom said...

How about yellow? Would you like it if God blessed you with yellow? (I'm reading your prayer.)

This was a wonderful way to teach your children about Joseph... one of my fav. OT characters. He's a type of Christ, and maybe that's why I like him so much.

BTW, nice to meet you, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Blessings, e-Mom :~D

Cheryl said...

I just dropped by to say hello. I enjoyed your post for today. I hope that you have a new color very soon. "For I have plans for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!" Jer 29:11. God is good. Hang in there girlfriend! God Bless!