Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 12:10

“Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to live in Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.”

It must have been awful.  It must have brought much pain and hardship.  Many were probably losing hope.  Many probably wondered where their God or the “gods” were in it all.

The word famine evokes many pictures, none of them pretty.

But, hidden there among all the struggle and hardship, there was something else – opportunity.

The Book of Genesis, indeed the whole Bible, is filled with instances like this

  • Fresh starts that come after dead ends
  • Forgiveness that comes after judgment
  • New insights that come from misunderstanding
  • Life that comes after death

And it can come in the most surprising of ways – like an empty tomb after a crucifixion.

So, think of all the opportunity that growth that can come your way, today, right now, even if you find yourself in great difficulty.

It may just be a door – about to be opened – to something beautiful.

Prayer: Creator God, help me to find the way to grow, even when I see only pain and difficulty.  AMEN.

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