I guess the story of Joseph is among my favorite in the Bible. As a children’s Sunday school teacher, I get to study it a lot.
Joseph had dreams, dreams that his family interpreted (correctly, I might add) as meaning that they would bow before him. And he told the dreams. I wonder sometimes if it was brashness, excitement, honesty, or just confusion at what the dreams could mean. Maybe it was simply the way things had to be. Because, see, to get to the bowing down part that God revealed in the dream, Joseph had to go to and through dark places.
He went into the cistern, into the knowledge that his brothers wanted him gone so badly, into slavery, into false accusations, into prison, and into being forsaken by those he helped.
He was rejected, despised by men.
But God didn’t forget him, and God didn’t forget that dream.
I wonder if Joseph, made wiser through the passing of years and through his experiences, smiled to himself when his brother’s did come and bow before him. I imagine him smiling, not out of pride as the young Joseph might have, but out of wonder of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
I imagine him seeing the steps falling into place, leading him on this journey so that he would be in the right place at the right time to occupy the position God had created for him to serve and really save his family.
Joseph told his brothers as much, saying they shouldn’t blame themselves because God meant it for good.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has plans for each of us, plans of welfare and not of evil, to give us hope and a future. He has a dream for us and will be faithful to walk with us through the details. We only need to be committed to honoring him through our lives.