Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many lives. So now, do not fear. I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:20-21 (MEV)
Coming home this morning from my walk, I found that my glasses had become quite foggy. No surprise there since I wore a mask to cover my freezing nose, and the result was a blinding fog on my glasses. When I got home, I removed my glasses, and ironically, of course, I could see much better. The remedy for my impaired eyesight (glasses), had become the problem. The problem was solved by removing what had originally been the solution to the problem.
Then, when I removed the glasses, I used the steam on the glasses to clean them. The problem itself (the steam) became the solution to the problem. I realized that there must be a story in there. I think the lesson is this- sometimes things that appear to be problems can be solutions, and what appear to be solutions can become problems.
We are experiencing problems on many levels in our country right now. Maybe those problems can become the start of solutions. The travesty of the storming of our nation’s Capitol, which we commemorated this past week, can become the catalyst for healing a nation so deeply divided by political rhetoric. This painful episode of our history can be used for good or evil.
Let’s make sure we use it for good.
Prayer: Lord, you can redeem any pain and trouble into our good. Help us see that and work toward that end, Amen.