21. Family Reunion

Goshen Star

This is one of my favorite blocks in this quilt. It is so fun to watch the blocks come together. Are any of you joining me in making the Bible Sampler Quilt? I’d love to hear from you.

This quilt block is the final nod to the book of Genesis. The passage in chapter 45 has Joseph inviting his long-lost family to move to the land of Goshen where they can all be together and prosper through the coming years of famine. You can almost hear the glee in his voice as he reveals his true identity to his brothers. He is quick to assure them that all is forgiven because God used their evil plan to accomplish His good plan.

This is very important. Joseph tells us that God is sovereign over everything. I can’t resist jumping ahead to Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

If He was unable to use wickedness to further His plan, then evil would be outside of God’s control. If bad things happen to us, “chance” events occur that He has not ordained, then how could we put our trust in a God who is not in total control of both good and evil? Sovereignty matters.

God has ordained all things, good and evil. This is a hard truth to digest because I see bad things happen to good people. Innocents suffer. God hates this as much as we do; He works through the sin to achieve His worthy end. We can rejoice in the fact that nothing can be done to us outside of God’s will.

As we leave the book of Genesis I realize that everything we need to know about, well, everything – is contained in that one book. Of course, I have the knowledge gained from the rest of the Bible to use as context. What God began in Genesis, He will absolutely complete by Revelation. He is sovereign.

2 thoughts on “21. Family Reunion

  1. Found your blog through Bonnie Hunter and I’ve found it thoroughly enjoyable. It stood out to me from the rest of the link-ups. I’d love to know what part of the country you call home that has only palm and pine trees with salt water -and- full rainbows with an albeit faint reflection above it. I’ve done nothing like the Farmer’s Wife or Bible Sampler quilts but I am working with a small group on Deb Tucker’s Blockbusters (35 published to date) which I will make into a sampler. Please tell me your blog won’t end with this sampler! Also, please tell us about those gorgeous scissors.

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    1. Welcome Ruth, thanks so much for your kind comments! I live in So Cal with other trees too, they just don’t drop leaves that dance to the ground. Maybe it’s all in the way the wind blows, lol. I’ll have to go look at Deb Tucker blocks. It would be wonderful if there was a small group sharing the Bible Sampler quilt, *sigh*… Yes, another project is currently incubating, so I plan to continue writing beyond the Bible Sampler. I wish I could tell you more about my favorite pair of scissors. They were a garage sale find.


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