Monday, November 23, 2015

Two Men, Two Dreams, Two Totally Different Outcomes

Dear Christa—
Genesis to Now: Genesis 40

It appears that Joseph may not have been the only person wrongfully imprisoned. Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker had been in the prison for a while as well. One morning they were both concerned with the dreams they’d each had. Just as both men were similar and different, so had been their dreams.
Joseph—a dreamer himself—acknowledges that the dreams were from God and he could interpret them. The cupbearer’s dream had a good outcome; the baker’s did not.
Joseph asks one thing of the cupbearer and that was to remember him and plead his case before Pharaoh.
And, even though the destinies of both guys ended just as Joseph predicted, the cupbearer did not remember Joseph. “He forgot him.”
How easy it is to forget so many things God has revealed. He’s given us the Bible with instructions on how to live and relate to people. He has revealed His own character and shown us Himself.
But, it is so easy to forget. So often, like the cupbearer, we pick up our work the same as before. We witness the work of God, and we forget it.
How transformed our lives might be if only we saw and remembered the workings of God in our lives and those around us.
But, it’s so easy to get busy and simply to forget.
—the parishioner who doesn’t do anything

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