I'm freezing! Are you? It's a cold and dreary day around here. In fact, it's been a cold and dreary place for several days. I kind of like this time of year, because it calls for us to retreat and nestle into our cozy homes. Kinda nice.
Well, folks, I'm coming to you from the comfort of my cheetah print jammies and home computer. That's right. It's after lunch, and I'm still in my pajamas. I had every intention of getting dressed and out and about today, but this allergic reaction had other plans.
We discovered yesterday, once the hives/rash/bumps expanded from my head down my entire torso, that it wasn't radiation recall, after all. Apparently, I'm allergic to the anti-seizure medication that I've been taking. So, one shot and a lot of drugs later, and I'm still covered in hives. Itchy, scratchy, red, itchy, itchy, itchy hives. We've tried every spray, every cream, every ointment out there, and they just itch, folks. That's all there is to it.
So, until the offending drug makes it's departure from my body, you'll find me in pajamas. But, it's not all bad. I've had some really wonderful time in God's Word today. I finished up reading through Genesis. And, it was so encouraging to read the story of Joseph's life.
Here you have this young guy, who is despised by his brothers. And, they sell him into slavery. He endures trial after trial and spends much of his early adulthood in prison, by no fault of his own. Then, because of God's perfect plan for His life, he raises him up to become second in command to Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler. So, at the age of 30, Joseph becomes a big-time ruler in Egypt, and thereby saves Israel from Egyptian rule and persecution.
I thought, "Imagine how Joseph was feeling when he was lonely in prison. Don't you think those days were long and hopeless. I'm sure he felt like death was just around the corner. But, God redeemed him from a completely desperate situation of being a slave and prisoner to make his name great."
And, the best news for you and me is that we serve the same God. When our day-to-day living seems discouraging and lonely and hopeless, we can trust God with the final product.
What trial are you facing today? Give it to God. Tell Him you trust Him. Ask Him to carry you to the finish line. He wants to do that for you. In fact, He's waiting for you to ask.