Genesis 42:6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
Some things take a while to complete: making a fine wine, learning to play the piano, potty training, a delicious meal cooked to perfection. We don’t like to wait, do we? We like the drive-thru, the microwave, and the credit card. These things give us results now! You want it? You can have it and you can have it now. That’s what we crave, but it’s not always what is best… especially when it comes to the things of God. Sometimes we simply have to wait.
Joseph had to wait, too. As a young man, he started having some crazy dreams. He saw his brothers bowing down to him in the form of bales of hay. “Hay bro, I had this dream….” Awkward. It WAS awkward. While Joseph had deposited in his heart the promise that his brothers would bow to him, his brothers weren’t down with it. So they sold him into slavery. Oops, that didn’t really work that well. I wonder what was going through Joseph’s mind as he was carried away into slavery. I wonder if he thought about those dreams as he was thrown in prison. Where are the promises now, God?
The thing is, those dreams did come true. Many, many years later, his brothers bowed at his feet. But the dream didn’t turn out exactly like he may have thought. As a young boy, it seemed as though he was going to have the opportunity to lord his power over them. He would be magnificent! They would serve him and do his bidding. But on this day, he would use his power to help them. They bowed because they needed saving and he was the man for the job.
The things of God are not like the things of this world. God isn’t all that interested in microwaves and drive-thru windows. He doesn’t get impatient and pull out His credit card. He doesn’t wonder what He is doing when things aren’t happening RIGHT NOW. So why do we? If we were to set our hearts on His and trust that He has a plan, we might have some peace. If we would recognize that His ways are not ours, it’s possible that we could be okay if His promise is a long time coming.
*God hasn’t abandoned you or forgotten you. Some things simply take time, so press in to Him while you wait!