I was listening to Louie Giglio’s podcast today and he was speaking about the life of Joseph. He began by looking at the position Joseph had as Potiphar’s right hand man. It looked like Joseph had it all – God’s favor, position, success. But then Louie went back to the time when Joseph’s brother were so angry and jealous of him that they first wanted to kill him, but instead sold him as a slave.
While Joseph did receive God’s blessing, he also spent a lot of time in the pit. Then Louie made this statement – the pit is short, but the story is long.
It is easy for us to look at the whole life of Joseph as we flip through the pages of scripture and see how God used him in a great way. The pit was just a couple of pages in our Bible. But for Joseph, that was a huge chunk of time, a big bite out of his life.
It is a great reminder to us that as deep as our pit might be, it is short and God’s story is so long. Where we struggle is that we don’t know how deep the pit will go our how long we will be in it…and we want out ASAP…if not sooner!
When we fall into the pit – or are even put there by people close to us – we need the reminder that the story is long. And God is the author of the story….and He is still writing our chapter. The pit is short, but the story is long.