One of the biggest things right now I am praying for myself is for His wisdom and discernment and as I found myself unable to sleep last night I decided to just get up and go for an extra early run. Before I go I like to flip the day on this calendar my parents made for me years ago. I often hear His voice as I read the encouragement and verses on each index card so I’ve come to look forward to the flipping of the card first thing each new morning. Today guess what verses it held?! James 1:5=6 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Wow God what a great word straight to my heart this morning! As I read through His Word with Him this morning I was given an example of just how to do this too! Joseph who endured many unexplainable trials from my human view point continued to trust God’s wisdom and understanding and not fret and wallow with his unknown…..for years!! Gen 40:1 starts “some time later” while he is still in prison (wrongly accused might I add) and in verse 4 still “for some time” the actual years are not mentioned here but later it says he was forgotten again and spent another 2 years in prison (Gen. 41:1) However Josephs behavior in all this is not one of despair, he continues to just do the next thing in front of him to the very best of his ability all the while keeping the focus and praise on his God. (Gen 40:8) the two in his care have dreams and feel sad because there is no one to interpret them for them. But Jo right off the bat is willing to help but says in a sense what do you mean no one… we have God men!! I’m so thankful when I get out of focus for those God places in my path to redirect my attention on the One who is able, the One who is victorious and Who holds my right hand! After helping these men Jo doesn’t complain or threaten, just says might you remember me and offer a good word to the Pharaoh when you are released. He didn’t even say tell the Pharaoh about my gift of dream interpretation because at least if it was me I would have thought that would have held no weight as the Pharaoh had magicians to interpret his dreams for him so that could not possibly be away that I might be allowed out of this pit. Isaiah 55:9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than you ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – And actually the way I never would have thought is the way God chose to break Jo out! I need to work on giving God room to just do His thing His way and live expectantly for Him to blow my mind and steal my breath! Gen 41:9 the cup bearer that forgot Joseph earlier owns up to the Pharaoh and says today I’m reminded of my shortcomings…I thought isn’t that the kindness of God to forgive and forget yet allow us a memory so as to redirect our steps and not fall back into the sin in which we have been pulled out of. I did find it funny in 41:14 it says Jo was quickly brought out of prison. QUICKLY, when God says its time, its time! Again in verse 16 Joseph is asked to interpret the Pharaohs dream and Jo risks being sent back to prison because he says I cannot do it. Here is your chance Jo! But Joseph trusts in his God to be bigger than his circumstances and understands if God has his back he will not be destroyed, better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere (Psalm 84:10). Joseph says I cannot, but God can! And He sure can and does in ways we never would have thought! Jo was 17 years old (Gen. 37:2) and it wasn’t until he was 30 years old (Gen 41:46) that he was honored and put in charge of all Egypt! That’s a long time to not understand yet remain faithful. Joseph says God made me forget my past troubles (Gen. 41:51) and He has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering (Gen. 41:52). Who would have thought right!?! Jesus when I don’t understand, help me to remain faithful and to trust You like Joseph so that even if it takes till heaven You will blow my mind and steal my breath as I exclaim, who would have thought?!?! Praise You Jesus!!!