Welcome to Week #14 the final week of the Dreamers Series
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“Someone should sue Disney!” she said through tears as they drove down the road. Her teenage heart had just been broken by a boy she had been dating.
“What, why? her mother replied.
“Because it’s a lie. There is no “…and they lived happily ever after” in the real world. All those movies and fairytales, they aren’t real, and they give us girls a false sense of hope and reality.
This story was shared during the reception time at my son’s wedding. His beautiful new bride’s mother stood to share a story about her daughter when she was a teenager. As we raised our classes of sparkling cider, the mom went on to say, “Sweetie, I told you that there would be a happily ever after for you, you just had to wait for the right person at the right time.”
It’s true though isn’t it? Not everything or everyone has a happy ending. Life happens and not all of it is good or fairytale like.
Not all stories in the Bible we read about have the nice Disney or Hallmark fairytale ending of “…and they lived happily ever after” either. In fact, the story of Joseph reads more like a soap opera.
As this dreamer series comes to a close, while many pieces of Joseph’s story may not have been considered “happily ever after moments” one thing is for sure. Joseph’s story is certainly one of dreams being fulfilled.
Through the mountain top highs and valley lows, God’s hand is always upon us. Click To Tweet
Joseph’s story begins with him literally having two different dreams. His pride and immature youthfulness are definitely showing as he shares them with his brothers and father. This leads to his brothers wanting to murder him, but instead they sell him into slavery. Throughout the story there are mountain top highs and valley lows, and through it all God’s hand is upon Joseph. God is faithful to him, even in the midst of the pits and prisons of his life. God builds Joseph’s character and develops him in to a trustworthy leader who will not just save his own family, but two nations. As Joseph is finally reunited with his beloved father, we think, finally, there is going to be an .. “and they lived happily ever after” moment.
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They did have their happy moments of being reunited. Their family was restored and saved from a famine that surely would have killed them all. They were given some choice land and shown favor because of Joseph. But then not long after they were reunited, it came time for Jacob to leave this earthly world. As was the Jewish custom, he wanted to impart blessings to his children and grandchildren, but things didn’t go as planned or as was customary. Jacob was led by the Lord to bless Joseph’s children in the wrong order, causing some upset. Even when he blessed his own sons, some were left out entirely because of previous choices and actions. You know, the ones that were soap opera like, such as sleeping with your father’s wife, pride, lust, killing, betrayal, etc.
God wasn’t going after a happily ever after moment. He was more concerned and focused on fulfilling His promises and a nation reaching its destiny. God was setting up a nation to come into its destiny. A destiny that went back several generations prior when God promised Abraham, he would be the father of many nations. God was positioning His people right where He needed them to be so the rest of His plans could unfold.
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God always sees the bigger picture even when we don’t. We need to trust Him and not be so concerned by having “happily ever after” moments and instead look to God’s promises and the destiny He has in mind for us.
As the book of Genesis ends, we see that Joseph and his descendants live long a prosperous in the land of Egypt. Their happily ever after moment was extended for a longer season, until of course it was time for God to initiate bringing them back home to the Promise Land.
One day, Joseph told his brothers,
Joseph (to his brothers): I am about to die, but God will someday come to you, lead you out of this land, and bring you back to the land He swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
At that, Joseph made the rest of Israel’s sons swear to him an oath.
Joseph: When God comes to you, you must take my bones along with you out of this place and back to our homeland.
Then Joseph died. He was 110 years old, and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
The story of Joseph ends with the children of Israel living in Egypt. They live there in peace and security through many generations knowing that their future is not in Egypt; their future is in another land, a land of promise, a land most of them have never seen.
(Genesis 50:24-26 The Voice)
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In the end, not only were Joseph’s literal dreams fulfilled with his family bowing down, but also the dreams and destiny God had planned for Him and the rest of the family line. Happily ever after isn’t about living a perfect life with no strife or difficulties. It’s not just about a moment, but it’s about the entire journey. Happily ever after is seeing God’s dreams, destiny and promises fulfilled not only in our lives, but in the lives of our family and the ones we love.
Happily ever after is seeing God’s dreams, destiny and promises fulfilled not only in our lives, but in the lives of the ones we love. Click To Tweet
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I love the reminder that God is in control of today and the future.
I do too Rebecca. It brings me comfort in the midst of all the craziness to know He has a plan.
You’re so right – “happily ever after” is about the journey! I’m so thankful God guides and makes a way for every believer on their journey. My goal is to reach Home and hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I’ve loved reading Joseph’s story in your series!
Thank you so much Jerralea! My goal is the same thing. I want to hear those words and so I press forward through the downs and ups so I can hear Him say one day: Well done! Thank you for joining me for this series.
There have been so many times in my life when I’ve missed the big picture. I’m grateful for a God who sees far more and beyond what we see, and knows how to prepare us properly for it!
Oh me too Lisa, me too. When I often get discouraged in the here and now and what I see or don’t see, I remind myself God sees the bigger picture and it helps me keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I like your definition of happily ever after. laurensparks.net
Thank you Lauren. I hadn’t really thought much about it until I was writing this post and it’s like it just dropped into my heart. God’s perfect timing.
This! If we could only wrap our hearts around this!
“Happily ever after isn’t about living a perfect life with no strife or difficulties. It’s not just about a moment, but it’s about the entire journey. Happily ever after is seeing God’s dreams, destiny and promises fulfilled not only in our lives, but in the lives of our family and the ones we love.”
I completely agree with you Aryn! Thank you for leaving me a comment today!
I think it’s amazing how far down the future generational line God is working when He places Joseph in leadership in Egypt. I want to remember that my yieldedness and obedience isn’t only making a difference in my present, but for generations to come.
Elizabeth – I know, it amazes me too. I am reading the book of Exodus right now and God continues to do the same thing with Moses and looking toward the future. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Blessings
Debbie – Well said, “Happily ever after is seeing God’s dreams, destiny and promises fulfilled not only in our lives, but in the lives of the ones we love.”
It is hard to remember when we are in the messiness of life but it is still true.
Thank you so much Maree. I agree, it is very hard to remember when we are in the midst of the mess. 🙂