If we leave this earth saying 'I did it my way, and I've got all my stuff in tact, and I have sufficiently insulated myself from people.... so I haven't had to experience pain....
That's a life wasted, not a life well spent.
Peace. That's always the end game. It's the end result of someone who can answer the hard questions, someone who has wisdom, probably the most important quality for someone to obtain and have. But wisdom sometimes requires a significant down payment. More on Joseph.
Yes, that's exactly what happened to Joseph just prior to getting the call to appear before pharaoh. It had been 2 years of days (kind of an odd way to put it, but a good word-picture when you think about it), two years since the cup bearer was released from prison and had never since that time mentioned a word about Joseph to anyone. And now pharaoh's bad dreams prompted the cup bearer's memory, telling pharaoh of Joseph, the interpreter of dreams. And suddenly Joseph goes from filth and a dungeon to a bath, clean shave and a new wardrobe. There's a lesson here, so let's listen.
It's an old adage, but true. When something that is very hurtful and very deep occurs, we want it to be made right and we want it right now. It's usually not that way at all. If we do see any restitution, it's typically somewhere way down the road and in a manner in which we didn't anticipate or visualize.
Joseph absolutely experienced that in his life, and experienced it in spades.
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