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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)
By Clyde Blakely
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You see, I was a dreamer. God gave me dreams. I thought since I was my father’s favorite son perhaps I was also God’s favorite. That wasn’t what my brothers thought when I told them my first dream. My second dream was similar to the first and when I told Mom and Dad about it I was chastised. It didn’t seem to hurt our relationship much though, Dad still thought I was his favorite and that kept me out of a lot of work. Got some special attention too, like a really neat coat.
My brothers were not so impressed. In fact, they hated me. If it wasn’t for my oldest brother they would have killed me. God used that circumstance to fulfill His will in my life: I was sold into slavery. Jealous brothers can get someone into a lot of trouble. Some distant cousins of mine carried me into a foreign land that spoke a foreign tongue and served foreign gods. But God was with me and prospered me.
There I was bought by a high ranking military officer. He was smart enough to see just what a great guy I was and placed me in charge of everything he owned. I was good at what I did. Actually, I knew God was behind all I did and He blessed it. I gave Him the credit for it. Even in slavery He blessed me.
I had heard women were trouble; I had read the story of Adam and Eve. Dad told me about how he was deceived into marrying his first wife. But I didn’t need to worry. After all, I was a slave, in a foreign country, and God was blessing me. Did I mention that women can be trouble? The only one in my life who could have caused trouble, did. I ended up in jail. I wondered how God was going to use me – a slave who was now in jail. But He did bless me there, I ended up in charge of the entire jail! Right under the jailer himself. Now how’s that for being blessed? Hmmm, I had second thoughts about it too. But I made the best of it.
Not only did God give me dreams He even gave me the gift of interpreting them. Two of my jail-mates had dreams one night. Seems they somehow had upset the King and lost their jobs, ending up getting an all expenses paid vacation along with me. About their dreams, I interpreted both correctly, one for his betterment and the other, well, he lost his head in the end. It was looking up for me because the guy who made out in the deal promised to remember me when he got back in the King’s good graces. He must’ve suffered some type of memory deficiency because I remained the top dog in jail for years to come.
Then one day, they gave me a shave, haircut, bath, new clothes and I’m in front of the King himself. He’s had two dreams and no one could give him a clue to what they meant. There was my old jail mate standing at the King’s side, his memory came back at last. The dreams were simple to interpret, for God revealed the meanings to me.
The King was so happy he gave me his ring and put me in charge of the whole land. Nine years later, my brothers showed up. Eventually Dad and my little brother came with them. My original dreams that got me in all this trouble, well, they turned out to be exactly as He said it would be.
It’s so simple looking back on it all. I must admit it was hard sometimes. It was a long lonely walk to Egypt, there was a difficult change from being a spoiled kid to being sold on the auction block, thrown in jail for something I didn’t do was hard to swallow, and someone forgetting to return a favor which landed them out of prison was hard, but, all in all, I would not have traded it for anything. Now that I am with my Lord it is beyond my wildest dreams.
Speaking of dreams, did I ever tell you about the best one of all, it was when God
Word Count 750
99% based on Genesis 37-44
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