Life With New Perspective

Another thought that has come to my mind when considering the fact that my wife has been struck with cancer is the need to regain a new perspective with a future hope. When a crisis hits, its hard to hold on to thoughts of hope. You have to find a broader perspective on life than you have been living with in order to regain that forward leaning hope in the midst of crisis.

I think of the story of Joseph found in the Bible in the book of Genesis. As a young man he found himself betrayed by his jealous brothers, threatened with death and sold into slavery in Egypt. Talk about having your life take a drastic exit from the anticipated journey!

At the end of the story, years later, when his brothers came to Egypt for famine relief they were horrified to discover that the brother they had betrayed was now the Prime Minister with whom they had to deal to find help. They eventually threw themselves upon Joseph’s mercy expecting swift retribution.

Joseph’s response is evidence that he had gained a broader perspective on his crisis. He had made sense out of the tragedy of his youth. He said to them, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”(Genesis 50:20) We can always hope that good can come out of tragedy.

Joseph exhibited the ability of people of faith to get the bigger picture and regain a hopeful perspective in spite of tragedy. Joseph knew the experience of God’s words through Jeremiah, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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