Jaedon’s knee bounced and perspiration beaded on his forehead. He’d been summoned from his prison to the boss’ mansion an hour ago. He waited in silence. Had he done something wrong to deserve another reprimand? It had been two weeks since the other prisoners left the cabin. Jaedon had counted the number of cracks in the flooring, longing for any type of companionship. Even the rat seemed to have deserted him.
He sat in the plush office chair almost wishing to be back in his confinement. Footsteps sounded in the hall and Jaedon gripped the armrests.
Pascal entered and took a seat behind his mahogany desk. He placed his elbows on the surface and his fingers into a tent position. “My gardener tells me you interpret dreams,” Pascal said.
Jaedon exhaled. “Once or twice. Tell me yours.”
“Seven of my men were lined up in front of our compound with handcuffs on when all of a sudden they disappeared along with all of the buildings. Gone in a flash. I woke up in a sweat. I went back to sleep and the next dream was even more puzzling. Seven lawyers lined up against the wall here in my office. Each had papers for me to sign, but I refused. I blinked and I was transported to your cabin where rats infested the place. What does it mean?”
Jaedon sunk further into his chair. Should he risk his life and tell the truth?
Pascal leaned forward. “What is it?”
“I’m not sure you want to hear it.”
“Yes, I do.”
“The first dream means that in seven weeks your men will be arrested and everything you’ve built will disappear. The second dream simply means you will be forced to get out of your business seven weeks after that. If you don’t, you will suffer. This is a warning from God. Repent now, stop selling drugs, or suffer the consequences.”
Pascal slammed his fist on the desk. “What? And lose my status?”
“Would you rather lose everything including your freedom?”
Jaedon’s knee bounced again. Had he said the wrong thing?
Pascal sighed. “Thank you for telling me the truth. I want you to help me figure out how to walk away quietly. I put you in charge.”
Jaedon nodded. Finally, redemption had knocked on his door.
Have you ever felt an injustice had been served when you knew you didn’t do anything wrong? I’m sure that’s probably how Joseph felt as he sat in the prison waiting for the chief cupbearer to remember him. Look at what happened next in Joseph’s story.
Joseph waited patiently for two years. The cupbearer had promised to tell Pharaoh about Joseph, but he forgot. For two long years Joseph waited in that grungy, cold prison cell, thinking this would be the day. I bet we all wouldn’t have been as patient. We want things now! We forget to listen to the Lord and let Him lead. We think we know what we’re doing. Perhaps we’ve even gone ahead knowing it wasn’t His plan. Let’s remember our patience. I know. It’s a tough one, isn’t it?
Joseph didn’t hold a grudge and once again used his gift for God’s glory. Pharaoh must have been a scary dude, don’t you think? I’m not so sure I would have been so forthright and helpful. Or maybe we would have asked for something before interpreting the dream. After all, Joseph had an eyewitness who knew of his gift. He had leverage. He didn’t use it though, did he? He didn’t even think about it but went ahead and told Pharaoh the meaning of the dreams. Let’s follow this example and be used of God wherever He leads. Don’t ask for something in return. How about we just ‘do it’!
When we’re wronged, we must wait patiently for redemption. It will come…in God’s timing and as He sees fit. It only comes through Him. Let’s try and not get ahead of that.
Even in our darkest pits while we wait—He’s there.
Tell us a time when you were wronged. Did you wait patiently for redemption or press forward? Share with us.
Genesis 41:40 (NIV)
You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.
Not for a Moment (After All) by Meredith Andrews
This is a beautiful song. He’s there while we wait. He’s promised never to leave or forsake us.
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