|Waterfall in Hamilton, Ontario|
Yesterday, I was watching a documentary on Yellowstone National Park (yes, I am a PBS junkie - but I found this on Netflix!). This is a park that is totally and completely a giant volcano and the show was explaining how the volcano has shaped the park. For example, there are hot springs and geysers that are a result of the hot lava that lays just under the park. There are areas there are toxic gasses because it is releasing the volcanic gasses. There are well over 300 waterfalls mapped out in the park with more being found each year. So many of the waterfalls are in dangerous areas and in very wild areas of the park which is why most people will never lay eyes on them. Sometimes we have to be uncomfortable and do something that seems crazy in order to see beauty or experience a blessing. In the verses I am looking at today, we will see that Jacob was put in a situation that brought a lot of fear. Please read Genesis 42:29-38.
Joseph's brothers came home and reported what happened to them in Egypt to Jacob. When everyone saw that their money had been returned to them, they were all struck with fear. Considering how harsh Joseph had been with them, it is understandable why they felt fear from what was really a blessing being given to them. But this also gave Jacob even more fear of sending Benjamin back with his sons to Egypt. He reminded them that he already lost Joseph and now Simeon; he couldn't bear the thought of losing Benjamin even if the risk meant that Simeon would be set free and they could freely trade in Egypt.
There are a couple of things that stick out to me in these verses. First, the brothers' reaction to the money is something I think we can all relate to. This world can be very harsh at times and when a blessing is extended to us we can easily meet it with some skepticism. Can you relate? Have you ever received a gift that was truly a gift, but you accepted it with some distrust and maybe even fear of what might be next? The second thing that caught my attention was Jacob's fear of walking into what seemed like a crazy plan. It really was a big risk to take! The above picture of the waterfall is one of three we hiked to see in Hamilton, Ontario a few weeks ago. The first one we looked at was a small little hike to get to it, but we had to do a lot of hiking to see the next one. If we were not willing to do a bit of walking, we would have missed out on seeing the second waterfall (although we found out after we got there that there was a parking lot nearby and we could have drove to see it!). But, we saw some beautiful views of the canyon that we would have missed if we drove to the next waterfall.
Sometimes we have to be willing to take a leap of faith and be willing to do a long hike in order to experience the blessings that are waiting for us. Just as most of us will never see the over 300 waterfalls at Yellowstone, the ones who are willing to explore in the dangerous territory will get to see them. This doesn't mean that we need to be foolish either! The people who find the waterfalls are people who are experienced in hiking the park and know how to stay away from the wildlife. They study topographical maps of the park in order to seek out the next waterfall. Our map is the Bible. When we are in the Bible everyday, we are preparing for the longer hikes that God has for us.
Are you willing to take a risk and go on a journey to experience blessing?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday and Fellowship Fridays.