I remember the day my lovely Nana lost her glasses. We looked everywhere with no success – behind the knick-knacks on the mantle piece, down the back of the shiny brown sofa, on the sink next to the loo, by the kettle in the kitchen where she made her cup of tea, on her dressing table in the bedroom – we must have turned her flat upside down and after we had exhausted every possible option she started to giggle; she had just discovered them down the front of her blue floral print dress!! I often think about that day when I have put my keys down somewhere again or mislaid my shoes or, as happens multiple times a day, I have lost my phone and can’t for the life of me remember where I last had it. Nine times out of ten, if I haven’t had a flash of recall and the old “retracing my steps” technique has failed, then I’ve discovered that if I just stop looking and move on with something else then before very long the misplaced item will magically reappear (usually right under my nose.) As a mum I seem to spend a lot of my time looking for lost things – reading books and favourite jumpers, school letters with permission slips on the bottom and the other half of a pair of shoes, every morning the amazing vanishing hairbrush and of course the cuddly toy at bedtime. Here’s a top tip for you though, if you have mislaid something you need, the best way to be sure to find it is to look for something that someone else has lost!
I wonder if it felt to Joseph like his dream was well and truly lost as he lived day after day in the “pit” of the prison. We saw last week how God was with him in the prison but as the weeks and months and years passed by I wonder if Joseph remembered the young man who had once dreamed audacious dreams. God used Joseph while he was at his lowest to help the cup bearer and the baker with the interpretation of their own dreams and for a moment it looks like Joseph may escape his unjust predicament but alas..
…the chief cup bearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Gen 40:23
Two years pass as Joseph waits for God’s intervention and then at last it came.
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph,“I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh,“It is not in me;God will give Pharaoh a favourable answer.” Gen 41:14-16
Two things stood out to me from this section of Joseph’s story; Firstly Joseph’s ‘Dream come true’ came about by him helping Pharaoh with his dreams! Joseph was powerless to bring about his own destiny but by serving someone else’s he inadvertently stepped right into it! We may find ourselves in the place of waiting to step into our calling or destiny when all around us there are others who we could help, serve and encourage into theirs. What Joseph carried in wisdom and gifting was only released when he used it to serve those around him. God’s plan for Joseph all along was for global impact – thousands and thousands of people saved from starvation but it was Pharaoh’s dream that was the key to opening the door. While you are waiting for God’s timing are you looking for those around you that you can encourage?
The second thing I noticed is this;
Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. Gen 41:42
Pharaoh gives Joseph new robes! That which had been envied, taken and destroyed was restored with bells on (possibly not literal bells.) Way back at the beginning of the story when God first gave Joseph the dreams, Jacob had given him a special robe to wear that demonstrated his favour, and now as Joseph is about to see those dreams fulfilled Pharaoh too dresses him in a new robe of favour, as well as a ring of authority and a gold chain of prosperity. It reminds me of Jesus’ story of the lost son. What a beautiful picture of redemption and restoration.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is in control and that His timing is perfect? Praying you would know His grace this week as He give you opportunities to encourage those around you and help them to find what they have lost – and that as you do you may you find what you had been looking for.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:3-6
Much love Rach. x