Affirmation bible verse: Genesis 50: 15-20
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrong we did to him?” (His brothers had thrown him into a pit and then sold him into slavery). So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly. Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him, “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
In the Hebrew text, the verb used for meant is weave or plait. In other words, you could read the bible verse as follows: ‘You wove evil against me, but God rewove it together for good.’
God is the Master Weaver. In our times of suffering, when our fabric comes undone, He weaves a new pattern to bring us back together. He stretches the yarn and intertwines the colours, mixing the rough cord with the velvet strands, our pains with our pleasures. Trust God to bring you through your trials, even in the midst of darkness, because nothing escapes His reach. Every ruler, king, oppressive leader, weather pattern, natural disaster and molecule, are at His command.
Do you feel like you are in a deep, dark, suffocating pit; with walls so steep you are unable to climb them and you just can’t see your way out? Believe me, you are not alone. All of us have been there at some point in our lives. Today our Bible reading looks at the boy in a pit who becomes a prince in a palace. You see, Joseph didn’t stay in the pit, because God helped him. Praise God, He will help you too. Your experience may not be painless or quick, but God will use it for something good. Even though we may not see the light when we are in the deep, dark pit, we have hope that God will bring us out of our trials and take us to a place of great purpose. As Max Lucado so eloquently puts it: ’God passes the shuttle back and forth across the generations, and as He does, a design emerges. Satan weaves and God reweaves.’
Breathe: In a sitting or lying-down position, you can practice breathing ‘equal breathing’. This is when you inhale the same amount of air as you exhale.
Slowly count 1-2-3-4 as you inhale through your nose and 1-2-3-4 as you exhale through your mouth. As you breathe in and out be mindful of how your full and empty lungs feel. Do this for about 5 minutes. You can increase the count, but always make sure the inhale count lasts for as long as the exhale count.
Meditate on this bible verse: Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’
Craft: Weaving can be very relaxing and this Youtube presentation demonstrates how to weave with craft paper strips. You can glue your completed weaving into your journal to remind you that God is constantly weaving the fabric of your life into something good.
Pray: Dear Lord, sometimes I feel so lonely and emotionally scarred. I have a constant ache in my heart and just can’t find the words to say. Help me to be still and to know that you are God. Thank you that your Spirit within me will pray on my behalf. When my emotions plunge me down and I am in despair, help me to face the future boldly, knowing that you are in control and that you will pull me up out of that dark pit. You love me and you are busy weaving all my setbacks into the beautiful tapestry of my life. Amen!