Faces on Faith: You will be blessed
You’ll Be Blessed
This past winter several friends of the Chapel by the Sea community of faith shared an evening together at a lively presentation of Godspell.
The 70’s musical evoked memories of another era in life for many of us and for all of us it was a pleasant re-telling of the familiar Gospel story in word and song.
One song captured my attention that evening All for the Best. Do you recall the words?
When you feel sad, or under a curse
Your life is bad, your prospects are worse
Your wife is sighing, crying,
And your olive tree is dying,
Temples are graying, and teeth are decaying
And creditors weighing your purse…
Your mood and your robe
Are both a deep blue
You’d bet that Job
Had nothing on you…
Don’t forget that when you get to
Heaven you’ll be blessed..
Yes, it’s all for the best…
Don’t forget that when you get to Heaven you’ll be blessed!
Yes, it’s all for the…..(all your wrongs will be redressed..)
Yes, it’s all for the…..(you must never be distressed….)
Yes, it’s all for the…..(someone’s got to be oppressed!)
Yes, it’s all for the best!!!
Hearing these words, I asked myself do we have to wait for heaven to be blessed? In troubled times, is our only comfort to be found in knowing that all we have is to look forward to pie in the sky by and by?
I don’t think so!
A favorite story from the Hebrew Scriptures is Joseph’s. It is a tale of God, human evil and realized blessing in the here and now.
Joseph was a favored son, the ‘apple’ in his father’s eye.
He proudly walked around in a coat of many colors indicating his privileged standing in his family. His jealous brothers did not take kindly to his strutting and plotted together to sell him into slavery and tell his father that he had been killed by a wild animal.
The ‘fair haired’ boy was torn from his family and country, sold as slave, later accused of attempting to seduce his owner’s wife, and thrown into an Egyptian prison.
There the years passed and he knew how bad life can become and how prospects can be worse.
In prison he had gained a reputation for having the gift of interpreting dreams, and by a strange twist of events he found himself summoned to interpret the Pharaoh’s troubling dreams.
He gave a satisfactory explanation and the king made him a prince and tasked him with the work of saving Egypt from a time of famine. Years later he was heard to say: “For God has made me bear fruit in the land of my misery.”
In the time of famine his brothers came to Egypt requesting food. When Joseph revealed himself to those who had done great evil to him, he said: “you planned ill against me (but) God planned-it-over for good.”
Joseph’s story teaches us to offer all that happens to us, both the evil done to us and the evil we ourselves have done, and to say, “God, please, somehow use it for your redemptive good!”
When we do, we come to realize in our own experience, time and place that everything can work together for good-that the worst that happens to us can become a pathway to blessing in this life and the life to come.
Joseph’s brothers planned ill, Joseph realized what it means to ‘live under a curse” but he came to experience the blessing that God planned-it-over for good!
Yes, all can be for the best.
-George Morris, Pastor, Captiva Chapel by The Sea