I want to invite you to join me in reading through the story of Joseph in the Bible over the next 6 weeks.
When I was a child, my favourite way to pass time on long car journeys was to listen to the cassette tape of the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. I would listen to it over and over, and still know all the words! The comedy musical somewhat accurately retells the Biblical story of Joseph as he goes from son to slave, and then from prisoner to prime minister.
In a song which describes Joseph being thrown into a well by his brothers, the narrator sings, “Poor, poor Joseph, what’cha gonna do? Things look bad for you, hey, what’cha gonna do?” Perhaps you feel like singing that song to yourself at the moment. Maybe lockdown has made you feel a little like Joseph at the bottom of a dark dry well.
What I loved about the story of Joseph as a child, and now as an adult, is that it has a happy ending. God was always with Joseph, he took from a pit to living in a palace, and used him to save the lives of many. His life is an inspiring story of hope, and reassures us that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him.’ (Romans 8:28)
PS I can’t guarantee you’ll be living in an Egyptian place by the end of lockdown, but God has promised to be with you, and that he is working all things for your good.