I am really good friends with my sister, but this was not always the case. We used to get into terrible fights. As we were raised as tomboys, those fights could get pretty physical. We scratched. We bit.It was always over really silly things. My children are the exact same today. My Dad's words echoing in my mind: "I've always been told, 'I hope you get two just like you.'"
For Joseph, and his many brothers, the argument was over a coat. Well, I say a coat. The coat was the last straw. Joseph got all his dad's attention. It made the other brothers jealous. When the dad gave Joseph a coat it caused the argument to heat up so much the first plan was to kill him!
The thing is, this was part of a bigger story. Each brother, including Joseph, was the Patriarch. They were one of the twelve Jewish tribes to eventually just go by the name Israel. As much as they argued and hated one of their own, they were all still part of the promise God made to Abraham. We get caught up on the small stuff, when sometimes we need to focus on the big picture.
What, do you believe, is God's big picture for you? What small things are getting in your way?
Dear God of all things, large and small,
Help us see the big picture when the little things cloud our vision.