2011-04-11 - What Would Ephraim Say?
When Jacob was told, Your son Joseph has come to you, Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed. (Genesis 48:2)
I was just a kid, so perhaps when I get older, my grandfather's words will seem more real. One day, my father Joseph took me and my older brother Manasseh to visit Grandfather Jacob, who was very ill. Jacob was happy to see his family. He kissed and hugged us, and offered up a blessing on our behalf. The blessing was for when Manasseh and I become adults. Grandfather Jacob asked that his grandsons have large families. A family? That means marriage and kids. It was strange to think of myself with a family, while still a youth.
Dad thought that Grandfather figured Manasseh was the youngest, and I was the oldest. When Dad tried to correct the mistake, Grandfather would have none of it. Good for me, bad for Manasseh. Grandfather said I would be greater than my brother, even though he was older in age. Ironically, that is a similar blessing my great grandfather Isaac said to my grandfather Jacob. I hope his words don't cause a rift between Manasseh and me. That is all I would need. From all the things Grandfather said, how was I to grow into the man he was sure I would become? He must have a lot of faith.
Lord, I am ready for Your will to manifest itself into my life. Show me how to start. Where do I go from here? In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
What is the best part about having a sibling? What is the neatest thing about being an only child?