“Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.” (Genesis 37:12-24)
Have you ever been in deep misery, feeling abandoned, betrayed, and thirsty for some sign of life and hope?
Joseph was left for dead by his brothers in the pit because God had given him dreams that he would one day rule and reign over them, so they became jealous. Joseph’s journey was difficult, with many ups and downs, like life can be for us. His brothers sold him to the Midianites, who in turn sold him to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer. Pharaoh saw that the Lord was with Joseph so he was put in charge of all that Pharaoh owned, until Pharaoh’s wife tried to lure Joseph to sin. He refused, she lied to Pharaoh incriminating Joseph, and he was placed in jail for two years. While in jail, he interpreted dreams of fellow inmates. At this point, is it any wonder that Joseph didn’t despair and give up?
Then one day, Pharaoh was troubled by a dream that none of his advisors could interpret; he learned of Joseph’s prowess with dreams, and Joseph accurately predicted the seven years each of feast and famine that would occur. Joseph was placed once again over Pharaoh’s house and his brothers eventually came to bow down to Joseph in their request for food, which fulfilled the earlier dreams that God had given Joseph.
It appears that at some deep level, especially during the down times, Joseph had the patience and fortitude to hold onto the promises that God gave him in his dreams, so as he waited, he was eventually able to see the fulfillment of God’s blessings in his life. Can we also wait for the fulfillment of God’s promises, no matter where we find ourselves?
The readings for Tuesday of Lent I are Psalm 45, Genesis 37.12-24, 1 Cor 1.20-31, Mark 1.14-28 and can be found at www.satucket.com/lectionary/2lent1.htm.