He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Are you the type of person who has a plan for the day, the week, and the foreseeable future? Goals are made, tasks are determined, and time is set aside, all so things go “according to plan.” But what happens when things don’t go as we anticipate? What happens when a wrench is thrown in—when we realize the plans will not come to fruition? When Joseph was a young boy, we do not know what his plans were for his life ahead. We can be confident they did not include being sold into slavery by his brothers, his father believing him dead, spending time in an Egyptian prison after being falsely accused of a crime, being Pharaoh’s right-hand man over the land of Egypt, and saving the area lands from famine with food stored from a dream the Lord gave Pharoah. But they were part of the Lord’s plans in and through him. Though we will not follow the same plan as Joseph in our lives, whether our minor or major things go according to our plans, we take heart that God still has a plan for our lives. That plan begins, ends, and is found through Christ alone and in His cross to which we follow in this Lenten time and each day.
"Jesus refuge of the weary
Blest Redeemer whom we love"
Calligraphy Art: Barbara Darrah