|If you were tasked with designing a perfect person who was strong, resourceful, patient, and full of faith, what would you put this person through to create these characteristics? Would you ease their burden by giving them a lot of money or resources? It’s important to remember that every fire needs an obstacle to stay alive. Our fire needs a little help to burn brightly.
A favorite story in the Bible reflective of overcoming obstacles is that of Joseph because he embodied so many of our experiences when a dream is put into our hearts. In his family of 11 brothers, Joseph is one of the youngest, and his dad’s favorite. He seems to be a bit naive, and annoying to his siblings. The Lord gave him this dream in his heart, and he shared it with his brothers. What did they say? “Let’s kill him…” But instead of killing him, they sold him to make money. He landed in the house of Pharaoh’s guard captain where he was subjected to sexual harassment, lies against him, and time in prison. Despite all these obstacles, Joseph remains committed to God and his faith!
Friend, in the end, Joseph becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt despite all the obstacles he faced. When he finally comes face to face with his brothers again, they don’t recognize him and they think he’s just a powerful governor. Upon discovering that their brother is this powerful leader, they grieve, tear their clothes and think they’re dead men. But Joseph tells them that by not understanding his dream, they intended evil, but God intended good to save many lives. We learn from Joseph that overcoming our obstacles is a key to success!