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Thirteen Years A Slave.

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Hi everyone. I’m welcoming myself from a prolonged Easter Break. Two weeks to be exact. From this week, we’ll be exploring the issues surrounding process as well as seeing more business-related posts (written and featured). For now, enjoy the post.

Reference: Genesis 37, 39, 40 & 41.

This write-up isn’t a sequel to the widely acclaimed TwelveYears A Slave, at least I’m not trying to direct a movie. Rather, it was coined from the above verse of the Bible that captions the journey of a young man to greatness, albeit in not so easy steps.

Many of you are probably familiar with the story of Joseph (the biblical one), and one thing that readily springs to memory when his story is mentioned is the overnight (or is it overday) transformation that took place in his life – his being whisked from prison to the palace in a blink of an eye. It is fair to say that this story ranks top twenty among those that inspire prayer points for sudden and speedy transformation in the lives of listeners. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a dramatic turnaround for good? I guess everyone does, except those who are already living the good life.

There’s one hitch though: it starts at Gen 37 : 2, 14 where Joseph was sent to check on his brothers. Now, the problem isn’t that his brothers plotted against him – that’s a given. The problem instead is that Joseph was seventeen (17 years) old! I can see question marks on your faces right now. Don’t worry, I’m not about to sue Jacob for child’s rights violation. Just hang on. Fast forwarding a few chapters, we discover a verse which reads ‘And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh King of Egypt’ (Gen 41:46). Phew! Assuming Joseph was kidnapped around his 17thBirthday, then the laws of addition and subtraction tell us that he spent thirteen years in slavery, including a jail term that lasted nothing less than two years (Gen 40: 1-4, Gen 41:2)

So there you go, the often missing part of the gist – that Joseph spent about 13 years in slavery before the turnaround and restoration came. However, the more important part of this untold gist is that he was faithful to God and his masters throughout the whole process. God is a God of process and he won’t side-step or skip procedure to attend to the whims of some misinformed mortal. When next you approach God for a turnaround, just keep in mind that there is a process involved – what exactly it is and how long it takes, I don’t know. I felt this was an interesting find and thought to share it with you.

Ifeoluwapo Odedere

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