By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Does a "coat dipped in blood" make you feel favored?
Does a "pit" secured you by family members make you feel valued?
Does the exchange of your life for twenty pieces of silver look like love?
Does a wrongful charge that's brought against you make you feel chosen?
Does serving time in a prison for a crime you didn't commit make you feel holy?
Does the forgetfulness and neglect of others let you know you're special?
Does it hurt to be confined to the whims and will of men in such sequentially imposed ways that you begin to question whether there's anything about you of value at all?
Did it hurt to be you, Joseph?
Did the favor garnered you through dreams and a coat bring a cloak of despair into your life, at times, so shrouded in darkness that the dreams turned to nightmares?
Did the love of God ever confuse you, Joseph?
Did you question the plan of God and the hand of God like I do, Joseph?
There are hellish torments to endure on earth that must not be misconstrued, misjudged, or misunderstood as lack of love from God.
And this is very hard at times.
So hard ... that sometimes and for some spaces we get lost, afraid, and threatened by a sense of abandonment by God.
Only God knows the profound pain experienced and endured in such moments.
And then ...
 The day breaks,
The light dawns,
And the "coat dipped in blood" becomes the "wool of the whitened Lamb" and lays gentle on the bruised soul and brings warmth, comfort, and healing.
And God's child no longer "dreams dreams,"
He begins to live them ...
Because God loves him,
And God knows when.
"And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; but God was with him. And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharoah king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house."
Acts 7:9-10