I just finished a 3 month sabbatical! I went into it on a journey towards emotional health. It started about five years ago, when I was introduced to the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. It’s been a slow journey. I’ve re-read EHS a few times and referred back to chapters another half dozen. It’s been useful in helping me navigate relationships, but also propelled me on a journey of inner healing.
I’m starting to get some gray hair. I keep telling my kids that it’s my blond hair coming back in, but they are too smart for that nonsense. The thing about gray hair is we think wisdom comes with it. Unfortunately, time itself does not necessarily make you mature. Wisdom comes from what you do with your experiences.
Joseph’s life seems to be the quintessential example of how ironic God’s love can seem at times. First, Joseph is sold into slavery and God gives him favor in Potiphar’s house (as a slave). Potiphar sees how the Lord blesses Joseph in everything he does so he puts him in charge of everything he owns. But then, Potiphar’s wife accuses Joseph of attempting to sleep with her and he is sent to Jail.
As if being sold into slavery wasn’t bad enough, Joseph finds himself a prisoner. And keep in mind, this is not a 21st century jail. However, the same thing happens to Joseph again. God gives him favor with the prison warden and the warden put him in charge of all the prisoners and the prison.
I find Abraham one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. He is the Father of our Faith. He’s in Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith”. He was obedient on Mount Moriah (Gen 22). And yet, it’s not the most graceful walk towards faith; he seems to fumble forward in faith.
Abraham left us a number of poor examples, the most well known being the child, Ishmael, he had with Hagar, his wife’s servant. In Genesis 20 we see another example and it leaves me in awe of God.