I love the word “Convergence”.
It means things will come to a conclusion. A good conclusion. A conclusion that finally makes sense.
Take Joseph the dreamer.
At seventeen, he had his first dreams
Of being bowed down to by his kin.
But he was young. He lacked sensitivity or grace or discernment.
He was a raw deal dressed in varicolored finery.
He couldn't keep his mouth shut to save his life.
Then he was stuffed into a sack, shipped to Egypt, sexually harassed, sent to prison.
And in a dank and hopeless place, convergence happened.
Pharaoh’s staff had dreams and bunked with the dreamer.
He told them about their vision but they – or the one who was left - didn’t tell about him.
Not till two full years later when Pharaoh had, not one, but two nightmares.
This time, the dreamer not only explained the dreams,
He had the sensitivity and grace and discernment
To talk sense to the king.
He didn't keep his mouth shut to save his life.
And there we have it - convergence.
The prisoner rose to the rank of prime minister.
The gift that landed him into hot soup made him cool.
A famine became Egypt's claim to fame.
A disaster orchestrated God’s divine plan for deliverance for His covenanted people.
In the study of Joseph (Gen 37 ff), I had many“Was it necessary?” moments.
Was it necessary for Jacob's favorite boy to grow up away from home?
I guess so if the 17 year-old would one day be greater than all his elders.
Was it necessary to put innocent and handsome Joseph through 13 years of wilderness experience, 13 years of waiting, and wondering "Is this necessary?"? (He appeared before Pharaoh at 30 years old.)
I suppose so.
Perhaps it does take this long for one to settle down. Sort out bitterness. See how God meant everything in his life for good.
This long to learn to let go. Let God.
Let convergence take its place.
How about you? Do you face "Is it necessary"s in your life?
Take a tip from Joseph.
He was given up, but he never gave up.
He took the hard road, he refused to compromise
Even though compromise would have been easier, more pleasurable.
He held on - even if it was to just a prison chain, he waited for his time and chance,
He knew convergence would happen.
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- In the Old Testament in the Bible, there was a man named Jacob who "wrestled with God and man." He wouldn't let God go until God answered his prayers. God admired that and renamed him Israel, "the one who fought or wrestled and prevailed". He fought with man--his inner man--and conquered his own weaknesses. He's my hero. He is what I hope God and man see me to be.