The Journey Ahead
By Kate Berkey - January 11, 2018
Posted in Adult Ministry, Stories from NMC, Discipleship
At NMC, we rang in the new year with a new series—You’ll Get Through This. Pastor Dave left us with a difficult truth on that cold Sunday morning. He said, “It’s not a matter of if we will face tough times, but when we will face them.”
As challenging as this reality is, we can and should have hope. We will get through this.
You’ll Get Through This is all about the life of Joseph. If you grew up in the church, you’ve probably heard this story. It’s one marked by pain, waiting, injustice, and eventual reconciliation. It’s filled with all the drama of reality TV and the kind of plot twists that seem impossible. As a seventeen-year-old kid, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was shipped off to Egypt, where he served in Potiphar’s house. As captain of the guard, Potiphar was a powerful man, and Joseph became one of his most trusted servants. Yet, through a series of events (including an inaccurate accusation of rape), Joseph was demoted from his position and thrown into prison. He went from a brother and son to a slave and a prisoner.
Joseph’s time in the dungeon wasn’t for a short time. We know that he spent at least two years there, accused of a crime he did not commit. It wasn’t until he was 30 that he was brought out of prison, this time to Pharaoh’s house. What happens next is a period of prosperity followed by famine and the eventual reconciliation between Joseph and his family.
It’s a crazy story, one that begins with two dreams given by God that seem to be promises for a powerful and hopeful future. But these dreams are immediately followed by an incredibly difficult 13-year journey.
As readers who are stumbling upon the story over 2,000 years after it happened, we have the benefit of seeing the entire picture. We read Genesis 37, full of its turmoil, and in 13 short chapters, we get to read about reconciliation, redemption, and restored relationships. By chapter 50, it’s almost easy to forget that Joseph spent 13 years either in slavery or in prison. It’s almost easy to forget that he was accused of raping a woman. It’s almost easy to forget that he was only 17 when he was taken away from his family and home. It’s almost easy to forget how long and painful this journey must have been.
Do you ever find yourself wishing you could see the whole story from the very beginning? It’s easy to want to breeze through our own pit, pain, and prison. It’s normal to wish to skip the journey or at least fast-forward through it. But this is rarely God’s plan, and on our best days—the days when we step back and trust the Lord we most likely find ourselves grateful for the journey He takes us on.
Through this journey, we get to see God in new ways. We learn to trust Him more deeply. We discover more about ourselves. We develop endurance and see the Lord’s faithfulness. The journey might be painful, but it also might be one of the most beautiful experiences in our walk with the Lord.
You’ll Get Through This isn’t a series about the ending alone. It’s not teaching on how to make it out with the least amount of scratches. It’s not a promise that the ending will be what you hope for. This is a series about the journey. It’s about trust and hope. It’s about remembering God’s faithfulness in the midst of our darkest days.
“You’ll get through this.
It won’t be painless.
It won’t be quick.
But God will use this mess for good.
In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve.
But don’t despair either.
With God’s help you will get through this.”1
Join us on the journey
You’ll Get Through This is more than Sunday morning messages! There are multiple ways for you to engage throughout the week. The best way to do this is through our app. You can download it by searching “Nappanee Missionary Church” in your app store. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can also access all of these resources here.
- Daily Devotional: Each week during this series, you have the opportunity to do a daily devotional. This devotional is a great way to figure out how this series and the story of Joseph applies to your life. A few physical copies are also available at the Ministry Center.
- Digging Deeper Podcast: Do you ever wish the conversation could go a little deeper on Sundays? On NMC’s Digging Deeper podcast, we dig deeper into this series through conversations with pastors and a few mental health professionals.
- Recommended Resources: We asked a few on the NMC staff to give us book and music recommendations. These are their go-to resources when they are on difficult journeys. You can view these resources on our app and website, and you can also purchase copies of the books at the Ministry Center. Please note there is a limited supply of books at the Ministry Center.
We would love to go on this journey with you. Whether you are facing a difficult circumstance or not, there is no better group to journey with than the Body of Christ.
1Taken from [You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times] by [Max Lucado] Copyright©  by [Max Lucado]. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.