or “Letting Go the Need to Know Why”
The other night we watched Joseph – King of Dreams. This is an animated movie that is adapted from the Biblical account of Joseph, son of Jacob (renamed Israel by God), as found in the book of Genesis. The customary artistic license is taken with this movie, but nevertheless it closely resembles the Biblical account.
About 2/3 of the way through the film, there is a musical number titled “Better Than I”. The song underscores images of Joseph’s time in prison intermixed with flashbacks of his life, especially his trials and betrayal by his brothers. It is really a song about surrendering to God and allowing Him to teach us through our circumstances, while at the same time releasing our need to understand the “why” of our circumstances. The song touched the hearts of both Brenda and me.
A significant portion of our journey through grief can be consumed with trying to understand “why” this tragedy happened. Although we ask God, there really isn’t a clear answer. We know that death happens to us all and, according to Scripture, God has appointed each of us our time. In a similar manner, Joseph did not appear to understand the meaning of his trials while he was experiencing them. It was only after many years, preserving Egypt, and reuniting with his brothers that he was able to say:
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (Gen 50:20)
So, let us press on in faith, fulfilling the mission that God has for us. Let us turn our grief around and reach out to others who are hurting. Finally, let us lay our strong desire to understand at the altar and trust God with our questions. If He reveals anything to us, we can thank Him. Otherwise, we can be assured that He knows better than us.
Lord, give me the strength to do what I say.
Meanwhile, enjoy the song: