Genesis 37:3-4, 12-28
“Earlier in the book of Genesis,” Barbara Brown Taylor points out, “God was never hard to find,” but now, in Joseph’s time “God had become silent." No more direct lectures from God, not even a response to an inexcusable act of family violence, through it all -- the plot to murder, the plan to cover it up, the toss down the well and a new life in slavery… God is mentioned nowhere in Genesis chapter 37. Through it all, God remained silent. Joseph discover's the harsh reality that sometimes no-answer is the answer.
So, Taylor goes on to say, “When Joseph wanted to hear the voice of God, he listened to his life – to his dreams, to the people he met along the way, to the good things that happened day after day …”
And like Joseph, that, my friends, is what we must do as well. Listen to your life. What are your hopes? Do you hear the voices of all those people you’ve met along the way? Do you see all those who have helped shape who and what you are today? All those teachers, preachers, coaches, and family members who have cultivated your character and refined your faith…
Can you see that hindsight is 20/20? Can you see that you don’t have to have all the answers in order to validate good news – the good news that even when we fail to see it, day after day, right before our very eyes, God is still speaking.