On the subject of encouragement, a pastor friend recalls the Bible story of Joseph. Pastor George particularly enjoys Joseph’s response in Genesis 50:20, when Joseph explains to the people who had tried to do him wrong: “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day.”
In other words, even though at times it seemed as if everything had fallen apart for Joseph, God ultimately worked out His plan, not only for Joseph’s good, but for the good of everyone involved. Similarly, Pastor George finds comfort in what he calls “the fifty-twenty plan”, recalling the above verse and knowing that, just like with Joseph, God is working out His plan – for good! – in our lives. Sometimes it may take a while – but it’s worth the wait.