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Taking your gift on a daily walk - Part 2
by theburningbushboy Solanke
10/21/2016 / Christian Living
If he had chosen to mind his own business, you wouldn't have blamed him. If he had chosen to give up what he once thought would make him great in life, you still wouldn't have crucified him. Had he chosen any of the aforementioned, he would have referred you to his past - a past he would have so much loved to forget.
Joseph had every reason to stay away from dreaming or interpreting dreams, but he didn't. Even though his unpleasant journey to slavery began when he exhibited his gift, yet he wouldn't stop involving himself in dream related matters.
He was hated the more by his blood brothers for dreaming that their sheaves made obeisance to his standing sheaf, (Gen. 37:5-8), yet would hatred from loved ones stop him from dreaming? While it may stop you, it didn't stop Joseph.
If anything at all, he went ahead to have a bigger dream. This time around, he didn't just see the eleven stars (his brothers) bowing to him; the Sun and Moon (his mother and father) also bowed. (Gen. 37: 9:11) The more he got into trouble, so to say, with his gift, the more he picked himself up again "And he dreamed yet another dream"
In due course, he was sold as a slave boy to the Egyptians and as you know his story, he got to work with Potiphar an official of Pharaoh. As much as Mrs. Potiphar attempted to truncate God's purpose for the young man by asking him to be her bedmate, Joseph turned down her advances. He was unwilling to tarnish the image and honour of Israel's living God.
Nobody lives righteous in this world without having to pay a price. For casting his vote on the side of righteousness, he was thrown into prison by Potiphar, the master he served so loyally.
Nevertheless, while in prison, duty beckoned again on Joseph. A dream related issue was at hand and this time around, he would have to interpret dreams.
Gen. 40: 6-8KJV: And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly today? And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me them, I pray you.
For him to have noticed that Pharaoh's officers, the butler and the baker, looked sad that morning, Joseph must have heaved aside his personal problems. What a great man!
The moment he knew their problems were linked to dreams and even though he could have chosen to walk away, he stayed back. Yes, his past experiences on issues of dream had not been palatable, but he was willing to try again. "Tell me them, I pray you," he said.
Had Joseph been grousing over his misfortunes, he would have missed the opportunity God created for him that day to improve on the lot of others. If he woke up sulking and uninterested in the things related to his gift, he would have walked around blind to the exit door God was opening for him.
We miss deriving joy from what we have and sadly, when we complain over what we do not have, we also fail to make others happy with what we have. The truth is that we all have a thing at hand to contribute to solving the challenges around us, but the apprehension for tomorrow keeps robbing us of today's joy and strength.
Joseph may not have an idea of so many other things, but the moment he heard it was a dream related problem, his spirit came alive. What inspires your spirit?
If he had missed that day's walk by not serving his co-inmates with his gift, he would have missed it all. His chances of rising to become a prime minister, which gave him the opportunity to be of help to the Egyptians, the Israelites and the entire world during the great famine, would have been remote.
As these men, David (in Part 1) and Joseph, looked towards the future, they did not forget to take their daily steps. They stopped doing the daily talk and went on their daily walk.
You too can get those gifts of yours walking!
- Burning Bush Boy
Burning Bush Boy (Moses Ayodeji Solanke) is a Snr Editor with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and also a Christian Writer/Blogger - www.theburningbushboy.wordpress.com. He has great passion for enhancing the Christendom with media tools. He is married with three children. Email:[email protected]
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