Some years ago, my cousin had a t-shirt custom made for me that said ‘On Assignment’ in rhinestones (yes, I wore it with rhinestones) across the front. If I’m honest, I wondered why she purchased that particular t-shirt for me, I mean, what assignment was I on? Every time I wore the t-shirt, I would get stopped and people wanted to know what the assignment was. I would reply with my ‘churchy’ answer and say, “I’m on assignment with what God has commissioned me to do!”, still having no idea of what that was. Don’t get me wrong, I had bits and pieces of it, but I didn’t know the full extent of my assignment. As the years went by, the Lord began to speak to me more and more and began to make clear to me more aspects of what He called me to do. As I pondered on what I saw in the spirit, a myriad of emotions began to form from excitement, fear, doubt, and the list goes on.
Then it started. What you ask? The storm.
As the rain fell, winds blew, and floods came to beat up on me, the magnitude of my assignment became clearer and daunting. What are the storms in your life telling you? Storms come into our lives to develop and prepare us for what is to come. Usually, the bigger the storm, the bigger the assignment. Joseph endured many storms from being despised by his own family, sold into slavery, accused of rape, and falsely imprisoned! Now those are some storms turned into hurricanes! God was developing Joseph for the huge assignment at hand – leadership in Egypt.
God will allow storms to come into our lives so that he can get us ready for the assignment ahead. Don’t fret in the storm because there are some things you need in the storm to successfully fulfill your assignment. One of the things I love about the story of Joseph is as you read throughout the chapters, you will read a repetitive line: ‘…the Lord was with Joseph’. Just like God was with Joseph, know that He is with you also! Keep your hand in His hand as he leads you through the storms of life.
Be encouraged in the storm because it is connected to your assignment.