Back in the day, Steve and I used to love to play the card game UNO . If you’ve ever played this game you know that there are wild cards and skip cards, and those are the cards everyone wants. The object is to be the one to play all your cards first.
One night our friends Steve and Sophia came over for some friendly, head to head, card combat. We settled in, with our snacks and drinks, we were ready to get down to business.
We had played a couple hands and were about to deal another one when Steve B. (Sophia’s husband) gets up to go to the bathroom. While he was gone, we replaced his hand of cards with all wild and skip cards. When he picked up his cards the look on his face was priceless to say the least.
His eyes were as big as saucers, and his smile was from ear to ear. He stared in amazement for what seemed like forever. It was all the three of us could do to keep from falling out of our chairs laughing. Finally, when he was able to speak he said, in a rather over enthusiastic voice, “Y’all ain’t gonna believe this!” At that point we lost it! I mean we were laughing so hard we were hurting.
Steve B. was a little embarrassed and a lot disappointed because the game wasn’t going to go as he had hoped. In just a matter of seconds, his hopes of UNO domination were crushed into a million pieces.
As I was thinking back about this story it reminded me of young Joseph in the bible. I wonder if when he had his dreams he came out wide eyed and smiling from ear to ear, and said to his brothers “Hey! Y’all ain’t gonna believe this!”
At first, things didn’t go the way Joseph had thought they should. He was sold into slavery by his brothers. He was falsely accused and thrown into jail. He was forgotten about and looked over. All the while, Joseph stayed true to God. He didn’t sit around having pity parties. He used every situation in his life as a learning experience. And in the end, he was put in charge of everything in Egypt, and his dreams came true. Genesis 37
Life doesn’t always go as we had planned. Sometimes it seems we’re dealt a good hand, only to find out that wasn’t really our hand after all. The key is to be like Joseph. Ask God what He wants us to learn from our situations, and trust Him to take care of us.
It’s so easy to try and take matters into our own hands at times and try to fix things. Sometimes, it’s best just to sit and wait. If God’s promised you something, surely He will deliver! His timing is perfect, even when it doesn’t always feel perfect.
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19