Monday, November 24, 2014

Blessing of Esau

Genesis 27: 34 - 41

The pain - of being wrongly passed over, of being conned by politics, by another's deviousness - we have all felt it. And we often feel murderous in the moment, who could blame us? It isn't fair, it isn't nice, it's not what we would do.

Maybe, over time, we see other things. Not always the "silver lining" but the other blessings that come from a life veered off course from what we wanted, or expected, or even knew should happen.

"But when you grow restive
You shall break his yoke from your neck."

We are yoked by bitterness, disappointment, rage, and hurt. But when we take what we have been given, move into the fullness of what is, not what should have been, not what we wish for, we can find freedom.

We breathe in, we breathe out. We look for the blessings given and withheld, and we move further from the youthful life of what was supposed to be, and more deliberately into what is, now, and we can be free.

Even after being yoked, we can be free.