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Lenten Devotional – Day 20 – Journey into the Unknown

Scripture Readings:  Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34;   1 Corinthians 9:1-15;   Mark 6:30-46

“I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.” (Genesis 46:4)

As I read this verse I think of three things:  a journey into the unknown, a reunion, and a promise.

Have you ever taken a journey into an unknown area? It can be frightening. In November of 1961 my husband received orders to relocate from Texas to Alaska. We decided to take a leave, go to Pennsylvania, see family and drive to Alaska. My husband, two children, ages 4 and 5, and I, in our Ford Falcon, began a journey into the unknown.

Across the USA, into western Canada, up the Alcan Highway to Alaska in January of 1962, we drove between storms. And in the ten days it took us to reach Anchorage, we encountered some snow plows and a few cars, an oil tanker and the weekly “Safeway” grocery truck. Most traffic was going in the opposite direction. Many days we could not even tune in any radio stations.

One day we heard a station from Del Rio, Texas. It was music to our ears as we felt small and alone in the white world of the northland—both exciting and scary. A new adventure in our lives, but we knew God was with us.

In verse 4 we have Joseph, asking his father and family to leave their homeland and come to the unknown. We are on a journey into the unknown—life. Today we are in a shorter one—Lent—a time for reflection, introspection, and prayer. But God, as with Joseph, tells us not to be worried. “I will go down with you.”

Joseph and his father had a reunion in Egypt, and we had a reunion in Alaska with friends. How joyous it was. This Easter after our Lenten journey, we will have a reunion with our Lord and Savior and the promise for eternal life. He is with us always.

The promise given in verse 4 was for Joseph’s hand to close his father’s eyes. God tells us He will be with us throughout life’s journey and will bring us back again when it is finished. Home to Him, a reunion with our Lord and Savior, where He will close our eyes.





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