I Would Have Pulled Joseph Out…

Several years ago, I sat down on a regular Sunday morning and typed out words I felt the Lord impressing on my heart. Words of encouragement written for a loved one who was going through an incredibly difficult season of life. This has ended up being the most shared piece of writing I’ve ever put out on social media, which tells me more than just the person I wrote it for needed it.

And so I’m pulling those words over to a permanent page on my blog – in case you need them, in case someone you love needs them, so they are easy to find. Please know this post is not in any way excusing or allowing for abuse or neglect. Nor is it about standing idly by while people are hurting. These words are for those times when you have prayed for yourself or for someone else and God has responded, “Trust Me.”

You are loved and prayed for friends,

I would have pulled Joseph out. Out of that pit. Out of that prison. Out of that pain. And I would have cheated nations out of the one God would use to deliver them from famine.

I would have pulled David out. Out of Saul’s spear-throwing presence. Out of the caves he hid away in. Out of the pain of rejection. And I would have cheated Israel out of a God-hearted king.

I would have pulled Esther out. Out of being snatched from her only family. Out of being placed in a position she never asked for. Out of the path of a vicious, power-hungry foe. And I would have cheated a people out of the woman God would use to save their very lives.

And I would have pulled Jesus off. Off of the cross. Off of the road that led to suffering and pain. Off of the path that would mean nakedness and beatings, nails and thorns. And I would have cheated the entire world out of a Savior. Out of salvation. Out of an eternity filled with no more suffering and no more pain.

And oh friend. I want to pull you out. I want to change your path. I want to stop your pain. But right now I know I would be wrong. I would be out of line. I would be cheating you and cheating the world out of so much good. Because God knows. He knows the good this pain will produce.

He knows the beauty this hard will grow. He’s watching over you and keeping you even in the midst of this. And He’s promising you that you can trust Him. Even when it all feels like more than you can bear.

So instead of trying to pull you out, I’m lifting you up. I’m kneeling before the Father and I’m asking Him to give you strength. To give you hope. I’m asking Him to protect you and to move you when the time is right. I’m asking Him to help you stay prayerful and discerning. I’m asking Him how I can best love you and be a help to you. And I’m believing He’s going to use your life in powerful and beautiful ways. Ways that will leave your heart grateful and humbly thankful for this road you’ve been on.

© Kimberly D. Henderson, 2017

(Download a free printable version at the bottom of this post. Or if you have a friend or loved one who could use this encouragement, find additional prints of this writing and other mailable cards in my shop here.)