It’s summer! I love summer in Evergreen. It’s my favorite season up in the foothills because there is no snow and its warm. If it could be like this all year, I’d be in heaven. I would prefer to live at the beach, but my husband won’t let me buy a beach house until I’m older (like 60). That’s another story for another time. Summer is always a carefree time for us. We have a lot more freedom to go, explore and have adventures.
In addition to all the summer fun planned, I took on some personal development goals and hired a life coach. We started over a week ago and I’m already thinking about my goals differently. She also implied I need to get my act together and start writing regularly. As we debriefed during my first couple of sessions, I mentioned how I should be further along in life. I just turned 40 and seen the amazing things others have done by that age. She reminded me, ‘you’re exactly where you need to be’. Maybe it’s turning 40 or all the health issues talking, but I have felt behind. Behind taking care of life responsibilities and other thinks in life.
The Bible story of Joseph keeps coming up. This story is a great reminder of how God is working behind the scenes. ‘Just as God used Joseph’s past to prepare him to save the nation of Israel in Genesis 37, He continues to prepare His people through the hard circumstances of yesterday and today. When face with past suffering, and the brothers who sold him into slavery, Joseph said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20) How has God prepared you for the current circumstances? How can you openly share your past experiences, including your hardships, to relate to those around you?’ The previous quote is from this BSF article.
Now I’m not implying I’m on the same level as a bible character, but the life of Joseph had several twists and turns. He had to wait 13 years to be used in a huge way, and during that time he was in a service position and prison. He also had time in prison to learn how to forgive his family, those who enslaved him and the cupbearer who forgot him. Joseph’s entire story is predicated on forgiveness in the midst of being exactly where he needed to be. Joseph wanted a new chapter in his life to begin, but he had to wait a while before the new chapter would start. The new chapter started when they remembered him in jail and then restored him to second in command in Egypt. That’s a big restoration story.
In all of the ups and downs, each of us yearns to have our stories restored into something bigger than we can see. It’s during those waiting times, our stories are written in unforgettable ways. I had a friend say this year, ‘Each of us needs to have a book written about our stories,” and I agree with her. All of us want to have a Joseph-sized story about our lives, but are we willing to pay the price for such a story? Joseph paid the price, although I would say not willingly at first. I thought about this as I wrote my story. The choices I made certainly had repercussions on my life’s trajectory. In looking back at how far my life has come in 15 years, I can unequivocally say it was worth it. The amazing thing to come from those years is the restoration of hopes and dreams. The restoration didn’t happen overnight, but tucked away in the lonely places, God showed up when I needed him most. He placed me exactly where I needed to be in each circumstance.
My coach asked me to start thinking through some questions. What are my goals for the next few months? How do you want to build your life in a better way? How do you want to portray your story? Those answers are for her ears, but I’ve thought a lot about restoration and being a person of grace to others. How all of that morphs into goals remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, I’m exactly where I need to be.