So, I was watching Joseph, King of Dreams (2000) from DreamWorks Animation, directed by Rob LaDuca and Robert C Ramirez and I was struck, once again, by how opportunities are sometimes disguised as opposition.
Most people talk about how Joseph rose from slave to supervisor, from prisoner to prince. They talk about how his gifts ‘made way for him and brought him before great men.’(The book of Proverbs Chapter 18; Verse 16)
I talk about that too but for some reason, I was fixated on his time in Potiphar’s household. I tried to put myself in shoes; to feel what he felt when he was elevated, to see through his life through his eyes. I don’t know if I succeeded but I surmised that if it was me, who was promoted from the lowest of the low to such heights, I would be overwhelmed, overjoyed and over the moon. I would have thought that all my Christmases have come at once. It would never occur to me that there would be bigger and better things to come but that it would take a false accusation and imprisonment to push me to even greater heights.
I do question that, you know…why does it have to be or why does God have to use adversity to advance us? I’m not sure I have all the answers but what I do know is that when things are going well for me or when I get used to one good thing, I’m loathe to leave it for another. The only way I usually let go is if I’m ‘pushed’ out.
Sometimes, we hold on to a thing because ‘it ain’t broke’ so why fix it? We hold on because it works, we are comfortable with it and we don’t really see anything better than what we have. Even when we begin to sense deep inside of us that that’s not all there is to life…that if only we step out, we will meet something better, we still hold on.
And so God brings adversity, to loosen us from our ‘stuck’ state and move us into bigger and better…places we could never begin to imagine; heights we thought were too lofty to attain.
Then all of a sudden, it falls into place…what we thought were stumbling blocks were actually stepping stones! And the best thing that could have happened to us, was that we were ‘thrown into prison’ because our release took us straight into the place of kings.