17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’ 19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’” 21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!” 25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Reading this part of Joseph’s story will have to stand on it’s own today because a really weird thing happened as I was working on this post. I was copying and pasting scripture from Biblegateway into my iPad Chapters app. All of a sudden after clicking somewhere in that app the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness began to play. I tapped everywhere to figure out how it was being controlled and actually had to leave the writing app and go to the music app icon on my iPad desktop. I saw that it was playing but not from my iPad. It was still in the Cloud [maybe that’s a hint?]…BUT it was playing. I honestly haven’t a clue about it so I’m taking it as a sign from God.
I’m certain many of the characters I’ve been reading about were humming along with the hymn because they understood that God’s faithfulness was great. I know that too, but this song mysteriously playing was an astounding reminder meant for me…today. Doing devotions daily can easily become habit instead of heart. Just this morning lying in bed I told The Lord I realized that I’d gone off on another devotional tangent and needed to re-charge my time in a new way today. My heart and my eyes are both really full right now. What and amazing way He chose to catch my attention. WAY TO GO GOD! GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS!!!