“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.”
It’s a bit of a mystery.
I didn’t plant any white poppies. Yet, here it is – a mash-up. This one didn’t know whether to be red or white.
So it chose both.
It’s unique. It’s unusual.
Under the right conditions, some plants will revert to their former ways. New traits deliberately bred in or carefully selected will be dropped off, and traits of former generations show their hand. This poppy must have had some white in its parentage at some point in the past- here is the evidence, in red and white.
And so it is with us.
The newer the habit, the sooner it will drop off our character when adverse conditions present themselves.
Trouble brings out our true colours, so to speak.
And it isn’t always pretty…
I’m so challenged by the life of Joseph. I’m sure you’ve heard of his coat of many colours that Dolly Parton crooned about.
Well, Joseph was daddy’s favourite, one son among 12. He was gifted with a robe that showed authority, and he dreamed about being in charge to boot.
His brothers hated him for it.
So one day when Joe came to check up on them, they seized him and threw him into a cistern; later, they sold him to slave traders bound for Egypt.
(That’s a lot of nasty colours coming through.)
Joseph could have become bitter. He could have given up. He could have turned into a harsh and heartless man – his frame carried the same genes as his half brothers, after all.
But he lived a life of integrity. He had been betrayed by his own flesh and blood. He was later imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. But day by day, hour by hour, he demonstrated amazing grit and faithfulness.
He chose to serve the living God in whatever capacity he could.
His true colours broke through under duress. And they were truly glorious!
His willingness to learn and develop his skills under challenging circumstances led to him becoming the most powerful man in Egypt – second only to the Pharaoh. The destiny of greatness he had dreamed about as a youth came to pass in dramatic fashion.
When your character is tested, what will your true colours be? Will you rise to the challenge like Joseph, and live a life of excellence despite the difficulty of the journey?
I don’t like being tested, frankly. I’d like things to be smooth and easy.
But in this life, trouble is a given. And I want my true colours to be glorious. So I need to be faithful in the small things, so that I will be faithful in the great things.
Make every decision count with me?
Father, we all dream of being someone of significance! Develop our characters through the tough circumstances we find ourselves in. May our true colours be glorious as You draw out the beautiful traits You desire to plant in us. Amen.