Children and young adults probably spend a fair amount of mental energy wondering about where they are going.
They wonder where they will live, what they will do for a living, who they will marry, what kind of house they will live in, what kind of car they will drive.
Most of their life, God-willing, still lies down the road – so that is where they spend most of their mental time – in the future.
This will change. As a youngster, I remember asking my Dad how come old people always spent so much time talking about things that happened years ago. It made my eyes glaze over with boredom. He said, “It’s because most of their life is in the past now and there isn’t as much future to talk about.”
That answer sounds sad at first. But if you believe in Him who said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” then you know the best is yet to be. Then, as the Bible teaches, “Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for those who love Him.”
Knowing and believing this invigorates us to live the tomorrows we have left with optimistic confidence in Christ.
It also transforms our trips down memory lane into thanksgiving. For it is a stunning thing, isn’t it, to look at where you’ve been, the twists and turns in the road you never mapped out, the detours in your job or family life you have taken, the disasters you have survived and the ones you have been spared entirely?
Are you doing what you thought you would be doing 10, 20, 30 years ago – where, how and with whom you thought you would be doing it.
In our journey through the life of Joseph on the pages of Genesis, we are given to see not only how truth can be stranger than fiction, but also to see that “coincidence” can simply be another name for God.
The words of St. Paul that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” are splashed all over the history of Joseph’s life. Let us take it on faith that what God did for Joseph. He continues to do for us.