Genesis 46:1-7 Reflection:
This is one of those stories which shows the tenderness of God towards his people. Jacob is an old man approaching death and Joseph has been found. Jacob wants to go down to Egypt and see his son before he dies. God speaks to him in a dream:
"Jacob, go to Egypt, I shall go with you and I shall bring you back" says God who then adds a beautiful line, "and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes."
What a wonderful promise to an old man; the son he thought was dead shall be there to close his eyes for him.
For the Jewish people this story shows the intimate concern of God and his close care for his people. When something is God's will nothing can stop it and the story has a beginning, a middle and an end. There are no lose bits to be tied up later.
Jacob says, "Now I can die, now I have seen you again, and seen you still alive." Jacob is speaking to Joseph as they meet.
If you compare the world of God to the world of men you see that the great revolutions and new dawns of men always are left unfinished. It is not like this with God.
When God wants something done it takes place in an orderly fashion and it is completed.
When we look at our own lives we see that those things that were our own hair brained ideas always end in failure while those thought through and prayed about are generally a lot more successful.