Who could have guessed that I would have two cars with identical, catastrophic failures within six months of each other? In all my years of maintaining my own vehicles (that would be every one of my years since age 16), this is a first! My initial reaction (sad, but true) was a verbalized, “whaddya doin’ God?” (imagine my voice rising kind of high in pitch). But, praise God, it was short-lived, and I started praying for wisdom and providence (I am on a journey of deeper faith this year, so it is no surprise that there are circumstances present which give me an opportunity to use it). It is, again, no shock that what I’m reading in the Bible these days, sheds light and strength into personal, current issues. So, in the very end of the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, God’s chosen family (Jacob and sons) are settling into Egypt. Now remember, Egypt is not the land that was promised as a permanent home for Abraham and his descendants. The land Jacob was moving from was actually the place that would become their home (Israel). If they were already living in the land that was promised, why was a move to Egypt in the program (you’re asking that same question about something in your life, aren’t you)? Let’s look at a few highlights of the before & after Egypt scenario. Before, they were only around 70 folks in the family. After, they were a million. Before, their homeland was in a several-year famine that would have taken all their lives. After, they lived in abundance. Before, they were pretty comfortable hanging around their little home. After, they were full of the necessary motivation to take hold of God’s promise! Before, they didn’t have the means, numbers or experience to forcefully take over an occupied territory. After (check out the whole conditioning program in the book of Exodus), they conquered an armed, experienced country to call their own. The time in Egypt was a needful gift from the loving Creator, just like the present, challenging circumstances in my life and yours! Paul, the follower of Jesus summed it up well in one verse in the New Testament book called Romans, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV84). All things. For good. The choice is ours, use it, or lose it (the divinely intended value). As for me, I’m praying to be able to see my part in getting a different car or adjusting to the one-car life. And while I’m waiting, I’m leaning into the growth Jesus has in mind, so I can be prepared for the next conquest! What are you going to do with your Egypt?