Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Did you know before the myths, legends, and folklore, Saint Patrick, born in Scotland, was a slave for six years in Ireland?! It’s true, he was taken into captivity as a slave at the age of 14. This reminds me of another boy in Scripture who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph, known for interpreting dreams, rose in status and stature in Egypt. He prepared the Egyptians for a famine and saved his own people from starvation and death (Genesis 37-43) Many years later Bishop Patrick would return to the land that enslaved him, bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of Ireland.
Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Patrick converted thousands of people and built many churches all across Ireland. He is known today by everyone as St. Patrick! In God’s perfect timing, Joseph and Patrick, slaves in foreign lands, were raised up to do mighty things. Next time something has you enslaved or held captive, remember that your present reality is never the end of your story! What God did for Joseph and Patrick, God can do for you. On this St. Patrick’s Day, give thanks to God who works for the good of those who love him!