Setbacks

By Stan Mitchell
“And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt
and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.'” (Matthew 2:14,15, ESV).
The young men filed into the locker room subdued. They sat and buried their heads in their hands; some wept openly. They had worked so hard this season, had overcome so many obstacles, and they had lost in the state championship game. So near, yet so far.
They were devastated.
Then coach Harmon entered, clip board under his arm. His hair was white, his face rugged, his voice like a bulldozer in low gear.
“Gentlemen,” he began, “tonight was a setback. It wasn’t part of the plan to lose in the final; we wanted to win. But there are only two seniors in this squad. The rest of you will be here next year, with another opportunity.
He held up an envelope. “Look at the stamp on this envelope. You know what the difference is between most people and a postage stamp?” He looked around at the faces of the young men he led. “The difference is that a postage stamp sticks to one thing until it gets there!”
Jesus, the just born king of the Jews, spent his first few years in distant Egypt. It appeared a setback. How could he save Israel while in Egypt? It probably wasn’t in Joseph’s plan, but setbacks are temporary; surrender is permanent. Take on the adhesive strength of a postage stamp – stick to the right destination till you get there!

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