When My Head is Bowed

Psalm 37:7 (NIV) – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Young Joseph’s life was going great, but not for too long.

His dad, Jacob, loved Joseph more than all his children. But that made his brothers hate him. To add to that, Joseph had dreams. Dreams that show him in a position of authority above his family. Joseph tells his brothers his dreams and they envied him (Genesis 37:3 -11). All that hate and envy lands Joseph in a dried-up well, gets him sold as a slave to Potiphar, and finally lands him in a prison? All of a sudden, Joseph goes from being the favoured son to the hated brother and a slave in a foreign land.

Now, what did Joseph do to deserve all this? Nothing much really. He ends up bearing the brunt of others’ bad choices and behaviour. Life certainly seemed so unfair. And Joseph had every reason to have questions, to be angry, at his brothers, even at God, maybe.

And yet, we know that Joseph trusted God. He stayed faithful, be it in the palace or the prison. And the Lord lifted him. Joseph ends up becoming the second in command in all of Egypt and an instrument of blessing to many. Joseph reveals his undeterred faith in his God, by his forgiveness and assurance to his brothers, recognising the marvelous hand of God even through the most difficult situations (Genesis 50:19-20).

When my head is bowed

And tears unstopped flow

And all I can think and see

Is the injustice done to me

Open my eyes Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

When at me fly accusations daily

Slander, gossip are constant company

When life seems too hard to bear

And I am stooped in despair

Open my eyes Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

When doubt, fear are my regular stalkers

And confusion refuses to leave my side

When I am done, can take it no longer

And all I want to do is run and hide

Open my eyes Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

Yes Lord help me remember

You are my God truly sovereign

And nothing in my life does enter

Outside of your loving perfect plan

So open my eyes Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

Life is not always fair. We too have times when we face painful realities for no fault of ours, rather caused by wrong choices of those around us. And we have a choice to make. We can either complain, feel sorry ourselves, be angry and bitter with God and all around us, Or we can choose to trust God’s sovereignty and stay faithful where we are, waiting on Him as He brings beauty out of the ashes, mirroring in us, His beauty and purpose.

What is your choice today?

Help me Lord, like Joseph, to stay faithful where You have placed me, trusting in Your loving perfect will.

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