• Laura Alvarado-Newson

A message from the pit of pain

I imagine Joseph, from the Bible, looking up from that pit he was thrown into by his brothers, after having yelled and screamed for them to pull him out, his voice fell on deaf ears. They thought they did him a favor, after all, the original plan was to kill him. At this point his voice was hoarse, his throat hurting, no one was paying attention to his cries for help. I can see him sitting against the dirt wall thinking "Lord, you gave me dreams!" "We were supposed to go places together." "You told me they were going to bow down to me, not throw me in a pit!" "I am my father's favorite!" "They didn't get the coat of many colors, I did!" "What is happening?" "Why did You let them do this?" I guess it's easy for me to imagine this because I'm in that pit. That pit of wondering where did I go wrong? What wrong turn did I take? This is not where I expected to be. God gave me dreams, He called me, He chose me and has now allowed me to be put in this pit. "What is happening?"

Maybe you feel like you're in a pit too. Your pit could be living with a serious illness, or losing your job, or losing someone dear to you. Whatever your pit may be, I know, it is lonely down here! The wondering "what is going to happen to me?" "is this it?" I think that question scares me the most "is this it for me?" Joseph's journey didn't end there, but what really amazes me the most about this young man is He never stopped trusting God. Even as he was forcefully dragged to Egypt as a slave, Gen 39: 2 says that "The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered..." and this is repeated over and over in Joseph's story.

So what am I to do while sitting in the pit, what are you to do in the midst of your pain and confusion? Believe and trust that God is with us! I must align my emotions and thoughts towards this one fact: God is sitting with me in this pit. I am not alone. I must actively be still and know that He is God!

I encourage you to override your emotions, the loneliness, the doubt and believe with me. God will never leave you or forsake you! I don't know why this is happening, but I do know God has a plan.

So to all of my fellow pit-dwellers, be encouraged, God is with us!

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