Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Intentional.
Upon seeing the word, the thought of an action being done on purpose comes to mind.
Toddlers, often will do something intentionally, knowing they have been told otherwise and then offer the flippant, “Sorry”.
Intentional – when something is done deliberately, perhaps hoping for a particular outcome.
Joseph immediately comes to mind. So much occurred in his life, circumstances out of his control. From being thrown in a pit by his jealous brothers, to being accused by a woman of rape, to serving time in prison, to being elevated to a position of authority. All actions done intentionally to bring him harm, done by various people involved in his life.
And yet, there was still One working with intentions, orchestrating his life with intent.
It was with the One in mind, Joseph is able to respond to his brothers with forgiveness and confidence:
“But Joseph replied, ‘Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.’ So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:19-21, NLT)
God, working for all intents and purposes, transforming every situation towards this one moment in time. And He works in each of our lives intentionally, carefully weaving every event and emotion, to fulfill His plan in our lives.
God works with intent in the lives of His own,