My Secret Hope
[August 11, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
I harbor, in the very back of my mind, a secret hope is that my enemies will come around and say to themselves, “Oh my word….what did we DO to her??” I think about Joseph (not that I am Joseph but it is a great story of how justice won in the end) and how he got to somewhat reconcile with his brothers. But, the truth is, I am not sure how much those brothers had really changed. I was a little surprised to read, recently, in Genesis 50 that, when the brothers’ father died, Joseph’s brothers were afraid Joseph would then kill them:
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:15-21 ESV) [My bold.]
Joseph’s brothers lamely thought the worst of him. Joseph had not demonstrated any hate, as far as Scripture records. In FACT, the only ones who had demonstrated hate and murderous intentions were the brothers. Ironically, the brothers attributed this hatefulness to Joseph….because it was in their hearts. So, the brothers lied and used their dead father to tug at Joseph’s heart strings and manipulate a response. Joseph wept when they spoke to him. I believe he wept because they hadn’t changed. They still did not get it.
I still hold out hope that things will change and those who have set themselves up as my enemies will “get it”.
But, it is probably not going to happen in my lifetime. I will not get to see that any time soon. And it seems that the job of this magnificent team (of which I am so blessed to be a part of) is to acquire justice for the victims in terms of verifying the abuse, validating the victim, and doing our very best to help them in any way possible. I know that Jeff and Barb spend inordinate amounts of time with victims, doing all they can do (in their power) to help. The rest of us do what we can and try to support Jeff and Barb. And we all have our enemies. I wish it were not so but….I also cannot think of one warrior for justice or one defender of the weak who does not have opposition. But, we do not get to see the victims avenged very often. Victory in this world and in such a time as this is not always evident. The kind of victory we get to see are women getting back on their feet, becoming whole, forgiving (which does not mean placing themselves in any kind of danger — physically, emotionally, spiritually or mentally), raising their children to the best of their ability. We get to see men and women grow stronger. We get to see the awesome victory of these men and women who were once victims cling to Jesus. That is no small miracle. We should have given up but we have persevered.
No….my hope that my enemies will be honest with themselves and others will not be realized because it is really a false hope. But, there is a true hope that Jeff C touches on from time to time, and it fills my heart with a joy that soothes the sadness on a regular basis. It is a hope that is there when there is no more hope: There will be a reckoning. Jesus will return….and all will be made straight. Those who belong to Him will be glorified with Him….sins buried and forgotten by Him….tears wiped away. And then, terrible as it is, those who do not belong to Him will be separated from Him forever. It should not be a wonder….they are already separated from Him now. But, it will be pronounced by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and all the records will be set straight.
We will not have to face the crazy anymore….
A friend of mine said yesterday, “You have been stamped by Jesus and that is all that really matters. You hitched your wagon to a Star….” and in the end, that will be what counts. The entire world could turn against us but we are hitched to the Bright Morning Star and nothing can change that.
Hold on, dear readers. Hang on. That Day will come.
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