for a far away land.
By his own jealous brothers,
who justified their plan.
Poor Jacob, he mourned,
at the loss of his son.
Good thing he knew not
of what his boys had just done.
Joseph found favor
as Potiphar’s charge,
for he kept house and field,
and the blessings grew large.
As God’s upright man
Joseph refused to go near the fire,
so Potiphar’s wife lied,
when he refused her desire.
The lie landed him in prison,
yet on him, God’s favor was found.
He was given charge by the warden,
and his dream interpretations did astound.
Banished officials were restored,
and events unfolded as Joseph had said;
for the cup bearer was reinstated,
and the baker, from the tree, hung dead.
Two years passed and Pharaoh had dreams,
of cows and grain, that were disturbing.
He called on all who might explain,
yet only found more confusion.
Then the cup bearer did recall,
that Joseph had clearly explained,
the meaning of he and the baker’s dreams,
and all had happened as he had exclaimed.
Pharaoh sent at once for him
and told Joseph of his dreams.
With God’s favor and assurance,
he explained what the imagery means.
Seven years of vast abundance,
will spread across the land,
followed by seven years of ferocious famine,
like none this region’s ever had.
Thirteen years of bondage,
was Joseph’s faithful training ground.
His heart and mind prepared well,
in all his years of being bound.
(Response to Genesis 37, 39-41)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that so often what we see, is not what You see. What we perceive as trials, You see as training. Lord, please establish in each of us, endurance and faithfulness to trust that all things will work together for good in Your time. Thank You that Your love and Your grace will sustain us and strengthen us, even when we think that our strength is gone. May our faithfulness in the times of training, lead the lost into Your loving arms. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present