There are several scriptures that were pivotal in my sobriety. Some have impacted my life more than others – and I have some that are absolute favorites. Psalm 91:4 was the verse the Lord gave me on my first prayer walk in January of 2000, “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Ezekiel 36:26 is another because He actually replaced my cold hard heart with a heart of flesh. Yes. God did that. And then there are the verses about forgiveness, healing, and redemption – whoa – how could I pick just one? I can look back and see God using scripture to transform my life, but there is one that will always stand out. When I had no hope – I found hope in this verse. When I didn’t know that I would be okay – I found that I would be okay in this verse. When I thought I was alone in my past – I found that I wasn’t alone in this verse.
And here I am nineteen plus years later and I am still clinging to the hope that is found in Genesis 50:20.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
I learned about that verse in the Most Excellent Way. I remember where I was sitting and I remember saying, “Wait. Go back. Read that again.” I remember reading it for myself and I remember as clear as bell looking and saying, “I’m going to be okay. You are going to use it all for good. Okay. I’m going to be okay. I’m going to be able to help others one day.”
I physically felt hope in my heart that night.
Recently, a friend made some bears and pillows out of my dad’s shirts for me. I asked her if she would make me a Bible cover out of what was left and asked her to add a hodgepodge of various patterns and colors to complete the pattern. I didn’t want it to match. My heart’s desire was to have my own coat of many colors as a Bible cover. I then asked her if she could embroider Genesis 50:20 on the front cover.
Today she sent me the pictures.
My heart is full.
The solid red material is my dad’s shirt. The one he wore every Christmas and almost every trip to Pensacola. On the inside and handle are a few blue and white stripe pieces of material – those are also dad’s. And the rest are colors she pieced together. The placement of the Genesis 50:20 is perfect – right across dad’s shirt.
Bad things happen to good people sometimes.
Bad things happen to bad people sometimes.
And sometimes – bad people cause bad things to happen to themselves.
But God can use it for His glory – if we let Him.
Thank you, Debbie, for my beautiful Bible cover. You are so talented and such a blessing to me, and many others. You bless me.