"Until the time came to fulfill his word, the Lord tested Joseph's character. Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. Joseph was put in charge of all the king's possessions." --Psalm 105:19-21)
I love this description of Joseph that we find tucked away in Psalm
105. Here we find a revealing of purpose--the reason for Joseph's dry
season. Joseph had languished in prison, serving time for a crime that
he did not commit. Why would God allow such a thing? Where is
Don't we ask the same questions when we suffer? Why wasn't the heart
attack diagnosed earlier? Why would God allow ten days of suffering?
Why? Psalm 105 answers with one clear word--CHARACTER! It's of note
that Tina's heart attack went undiagnosed for ten days. Ten is the
number of testing. I shared with the men that I meet with on Tuesday
night that this experience has redirected my focus. I'm much more
attentive to Tina than I was before. I'm committed to making sure that
every day is special, a day of love and laughter and not taken for
What about you? How will your times of suffering grow your character? As Tina is fond of saying, "God never wastes a hurt!"