The Joseph story in Exodus has come up a lot in my life lately, so of course my thoughts turn to it often. I’m particularly struck by something pointed out recently by writer Bob Lee.
Joseph, as you will remember, was stuck in jail under a false accusation. While in the pokey, he interpreted – correctly – the dream of the Pharaoh’s cupbearer. The butler promised to remember Joseph upon release from jail; a promise that he promptly forgot. In fact, Joseph was forgotten for years, until Pharaoh had his nasty dream about some anorexic supermodel cows eating other heifers.
Several extra years in jail. Unfair? Absolutely. The best thing that could have happened to him – and us for that matter? Yep.
You see, if Joseph wasn’t stuck in his lousy, unfair position, he would have been long gone by the time the Pharaoh needed dream therapy. Which would have meant that Joe wouldn’t have been there to save
Gotta remind myself while waiting for the oh-so-many things I seem to be waiting on these days.
The waiting isn’t about fair. It’s like comedy.
It’s all about the timing.
Just my thoughts,