I am currently on a busy placement, but thankfully I get an hour break for lunch, during which I reflect on a lot of things. Well last time God reminded me of the story of Joseph.
When God promised Joseph in a dream that he will be a king, he must have felt very sure it was God speaking. This lead him to sharing this good news with his family, who ended up ridiculing him for even thinking such a thought. I wonder if at that point he started wondering, “Is this from God, or just my imagination?”
Despite of what God showed him, everything that followed after seemed to go in the opposite direction to his dream. He was sold a slave to Egypt, far away from the land he thought he’d be ruling soon. There God blessed his work and honoured him in his master’s house. At this point Joseph must have felt that he may earn enough favour to gain his freedom to return to his homeland. But it wasn’t going to happen, for soon he was sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit! At this point Joseph was at his lowest, a slave prisoner, what hope does he have of even being free man, let alone to be king?? He must have felt stupid for even thinking and believing such thing, yet he knew God’s voice clearly and despite the odds he chose to believe the impossible.
God did promise, and even in the place where his dreams were as dim as a flickering candle light and so far away from happening, He had greater plan. Joseph wasn’t just to rule over his father’s house but over the greatest kingdom at the time and thus to save nations from a famine that struck after a few years of his reign.
God’s plans and thoughts are higher than ours, and in the days when all hope is gone, we can hold on to the truth that God never lies.