Genesis 43:30-32 (New International Version)

30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “Serve the food.”
There’s something about this moment in Joseph’s life that I admire so much.
I can’t imagine all of the emotions welling up inside of Joseph as he saw his family members after such a long, painful, and undeserved separation.
I think I love this part of the story so much, because it is so real.
Joseph ran to find a safe place to cry.
He had a meltdown.
Then he cleaned himself up.
And then practiced self-control………….
By doing what he needed to do in spite of his feelings.
He came back out and said, “Serve the food.”
Have you ever had a time where your emotions seemed to be more than you could bear???
I sure have.
I find comfort in Joseph’s way of coping.
He wasn’t afraid to cry, but he didn’t make a scene.
And he regrouped enough to move on with the day.
I think this is a great example when you are trying to cope with life.
It helps me to think of Joseph, and I hope it helps you too.
Have a great day.