6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, ‘Why do you look so sad today?’ 8 ‘We both had dreams,’ they answered, ‘but there is no one to interpret them.’ Then Joseph said to them, ‘Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.’ Gen 40:6-8
The thing that got Joseph into this mess in the first place were his dreams. Remember he had had two dreams, really about the future and things to come, that got him into trouble with his brothers. They bullied him for it, they sold him off to slavery where he lands up in jail. It’s been a while since we heard of his dreams but here we see a bit of a twist. The whole area of dreams comes up again but this time, it’s not his dreams but those of others. It would seem that God had given Joseph not just the ability to dream but also the ability to interpret dreams.
After all this time, the power that dreams have in Joseph’s life is just as strong. Even after so much hardship, God rekindles that which he had begun in Joseph’s life some years prior. Perhaps there are dreams and gifts/talents that you know God has given you, but perhaps also with the passage of time and the distraction that comes from hardship and fighting other fires, the embers have died down or you have become somewhat disillusioned. Maybe you have either forgotten the dream or it seems so distant. Well like he did for Joseph, God can rekindle that in an instant. All this while, in fact, he has been preparing you through all that you have gone through.
Take heart, have faith and remain faithful to God and keep an eye out for when God rekindles the dream or calls you to fan the flame. The ‘lost’ years will both be restored and also serve as necessary experience for the job. God is faithful like that! Awaken those sleeping giants O God!