How do we flourish in the midst of tragedy? Remember Joseph? Genesis records his story. It says his brothers “hated him.” They put him into a pit, leaving him for dead. And then they covered up what they’d done. And Joseph’s story got worse before it got better. Abandonment led to enslavement, then entrapment, and finally imprisonment. He was sold out. Mistreated. Yet he never gave up. His heart never hardened; his resolve never vanished. He not only survived—he thrived!
Speaking years later to the brothers who’d betrayed him Joseph said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result” (Genesis 50:20). In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual good!