I recently was studying Genesis, and came to the story of Joseph. His brothers had come to Egypt because of the famine. They came to get supplies, but unbeknown to them, their brother Joseph, was governing the land and the food supply plan that they were coming to. The setting is really a pretty tense one, because Joseph hasn't revealed himself to his brothers, the ones who sold him into slavery, because of their jealousy and pride. Now, they are face to face with their brother and they don't know it yet.
When I put myself in Joseph's shoes, I can't help but wonder how I would handle the situation. There would be bitterness and a sense of betrayal. So, when Joseph revealed who he was to his brothers, the first thing he asked them is in Genesis 45:3,
"Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am Joseph! Is my father still living?'"
As I saw Joseph facing a problem, and asking about his earthly father first, I realized that when I run into problems in my life, I need to ask myself, "Is my Father still living?" If God is still alive, then I should not fret about earthly things. I need to learn trust in the midst of my problems, because my Father is definitely still living.