Joseph dreamed as a 17-year-old. His brothers despised his explanation. Their resentment turned to hate, which led to a dastardly deed; they sold him as a slave. Then the brothers lied to dad, who assumed his youngest son was dead.
But God had other plans.
Joseph stood on an auction block, and the bidding began. Potiphar was the highest bidder. The newly purchased servant worked hard. Promoted to the chief servant, Mrs. Potiphar lied about him when he refused to sin. Prison was his reward for integrity.
But God was arranging other plans.
Once again, Joseph’s character refused to turn to bitterness. His prison dreams came true because God had other plans.
Joseph was now the Egyptian Prime Minister. Bountiful years passed under his leadership then came the famine. One day, there was a knock on the door, his hateful brothers appeared on the scene to purchase food. Revenge was not on Joseph’s agenda. He helped his family out of their bind by supplying them with food. When they returned the second time for supplies, Joseph revealed his identity. He was the brother who they sold into slavery.
His dream came true. His brothers bowed down to him, as the 17-year-old had said decades before.
Hope bears its fruit, and dreams do come true. But in the meantime, there is much to be done. Diligence always pays off. The anticipated answer will come out of nowhere. At least, that’s our perception, but not God’s. It was always his plan, and his timing is impeccable. The dark clouds of doubt may surround you, and then comes the gleam of hope. Your prayers and diligence peeked through. Hope reveals itself on the horizon encouraging you to keep plugging along. The finish line is just ahead because God had other plans.