Some people say they’re having a bad day, or even a bad year, but Joseph was having a bit of a bad life.
There was a time when I could relate. It was more than a tough season or a rough patch, and like Joseph, it started during my latter teen years.
In the midst of this dark season, I did something so unfathomably inexplicable that I am still at a loss for any kind of sound explanation as to why. But for whatever reason, I decided to audition for the upcoming production at my church – even though I hadn’t danced since I was twelve years old.
The story of Joseph has always resonated deep within me. God delivered Joseph from the dungeon so that Joseph could save the people of Egypt from a severe famine. And when Joseph was later reunited with his brothers, he said to them:
in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
– Genesis 50:20, NASB
There’s just something about this verse that lingers . . . in my thoughts, in my spirit. During the months that I rehearsed with the cast, I prayed that someday the words of this verse would be true of my life too.
God is still in the business of redemption, restoring wholeness to the lost and broken.
Joseph saw the bigger picture. He caught a glimpse of earthly sufferings from heaven’s perspective. God had a plan all along.
I sang this story.
I danced this story.
Week after week.
Month after month.
Rehearsing this story gave me hope.
The whole cast became friends.
And I didn’t know it at the time, but a few years later, one of those cast members would ask me to marry him.
The Joseph Show. It’s how we met.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the story of Joseph – the story of broken dreams and long-awaited redemption – is what brought us together. God had a plan all along.
I can now say the words of this verse, and mean it.