Ever pondered how Joseph found favor in his captivity? (I have.) In fact, I have wondered many days, “How did he do it? How did he face the daily drudgery of Habakkuk’s Vineyard?” He seems to have found a secret to surviving and thriving, and I wanted to find it, too.
Captivity is tough.
Let’s face it, there are days you look around at things, people, and circumstances, and you feel the hopelessness begin to fold in around you.
Jeremiah said, “My soul still remembers and sinks within me.”
“The wormwood and the gall…” (verse 19)
Just writing this my heart heaves another heavy sigh.
Yes, captivity is tough. And if I focus on the wormwood and the gall of my life, I’m going to sink into the quicksand of hopelessness.
So how did he do it?
I really need the secret because I want to be more than a survivor in my captivity—I want to be a thriver.
Is there such a word?
Well, there is now, and you get my point. I want to know how to thrive in a place where everything has died, dreams, possibilities, promises.
How am I supposed to thrive in a place like this?
Cough it up Joseph. What’s the secret? Where are the keys to unlock the chains on my hope?
Talk to me.
The DREAM~MAKER’S Promise:
My soul still remembers and sinks within me. Lamentations 3:20 NKJV
A Caterpillar’s Prayer:
Father, You gave us Your word so that when we are in trouble we have a place to run to for immediate help. The people in the bible were real people. People with problems just like mine! Open my eyes LORD. Help me to see how real people (even long ago) found real solutions for their own captivity. I don’t just need the comfort LORD, I need the revelation that only Your Spirit can bring me. When You open my eyes, open my mind as well. I need some hope!