In time, we all adapt–we acclimate to our circumstances and allow our lives to move forward. Pharaoh’s cupbearer went back to his duties and quickly forgot all about the king’s tantrum that had landed him in prison. He was serving his master, when all at once–his promise to Joseph came back and hit him like a ton of bricks.
The Pharaoh had a strange dream, and its meaning escaped him. Still as the dream spun though his thoughts, it began to consume him. When he shared this with the cupbearer, the switch flipped and the cupbearer remembered Joseph–ugggh, the Hebrew that had interpreted his dream.
Certainly for the cupbearer and Pharaoh it was a good news scenario. While the cupbearer had failed to send Joseph home, it made Joseph very available to bring him before the Pharaoh! Meanwhile, back at the prison, Joseph continued to serve God and pretty much everyone in Pharaoh’s jail. Joseph, no doubt had adapted, but things had been quiet for a long time, so Joseph had probably forgotten about his dreams of ruling brothers, dad and anyone. He probably figured he simply was not the guy God planned to use. He was wrong.
We develop a mindset that we have God figured out. In that realm, we ride a roller coaster of emotion that spikes when we see good outcomes and plummets when we encounter trials. Ultimately, as we search over time through our lives–we begin to see God’s leadership and handiwork in the peaks and valleys.
It is only when we finally learn to be content (acclimated) in all circumstances, that God can use us to do mighty things. We, Like Paul, must realize that–“Well fed or hungry; living in plenty or in want, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:12-13 That is where Pharaoh found Joseph and that is where God seeks to find us.
God Bless You
When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
8 In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”