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A Journey of Hope continued

Last time we began looking at Joseph’s journey on the way to his dream.  Along his road trip we’ve seen the place of rejection and the place of readiness.  Let’s continue on the journey…

The Place of Reflection…

Have you ever thought you were ready?  You had learned all you possibly could and you were ready to walk into your destiny… ready to realize your dream…  But nothing happens.  This is the place in which Joseph found himself.  He was put in charge at Potiphar’s place and now he has been put in charge at the prison.  I can imagine Joseph thinking…I’m ready…I’ve got experience.  But… nothing happens.  Then one day a staff member of Pharaoh’s is thrown into prison.  This man has a dream and Joseph has the opportunity to interpret it.  Joseph asks the man to mention him to Pharaoh to get him out of prison.

I can imagine Joseph thinking… this is it, my break… I am finally going to get out of this prison in which I should have never been in the first place!  And then what happens…NOTHING!  Pharaoh’s staff member did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.  Joseph had a lot of time to reflect.  When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a couple of dreams in which none of his staff could interpret.  Then one day, Pharaoh’s staff member who had been in prison with Joseph remembered him.

The Place of Restoration…

Pharaoh sent for Joseph to interpret his dreams.  After Joseph shaved and changed his clothes, he went before Pharaoh.  I will be the first to admit that a time of reflection can give you great perspective.  When Pharaoh asks Joseph to interpret his dreams, Joseph responds by saying, “I cannot do it, but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”  I believe that in Joseph’s time of reflection he looked back on his journey and remembered that the Lord had been with him and the Lord had caused him to prosper.  He understood that the Lord’s hand of protection and favor had been upon his life.  If he was to successfully interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, it would be the Lord’s doing and not his own. 

Because of Joseph’s trust in the Lord, he was able to successfully interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, as well as, provide Pharaoh with a plan for the coming years.  The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and all his officials.  Therefore he placed Joseph in charge.  Joseph and his family were eventually restored to one another.  Just as in his dream, Joseph’s brothers did bow down to him.  However, Joseph was not in a position of lordship over them; he was in a position of leadership with the opportunity to serve them.

Now take a moment to think about the dream you were given.  Where are you on your road trip?  What lessons have you learned?  Are you ready to realize your dream?

Road Trip…A Journey of Hope – Part 1

Remember to be REAL…