“Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.” – Genesis 41:14
In December of 2003, acclaimed rapper Jay-Z released a song by the name “Change Clothes.” Its chorus said, “You know I stay, fresh to death I brought you from the projects And I’m a take you to the top of the globe so let’s go.” (Bear with me, ‘seasoned saints’) After a long hiatus, Jay decided that his return would show the transitioning of a young, brash thug into a newly, matured man. He made the entirety of the world rethink what a man looked like by changing clothes…
Another young man who knew well about the process of transforming and changing clothes is Joseph. He started in a coat of many colors, given by his father. He was special. A dreamer by nature, he was doted on by his father and mother, and that caused a different change of clothes. After jealous rage consumed his brothers, he was left in a ditch, and then sold into slavery. He went from a coat of honor to a garment of degradation. After finding favor, he changed clothes again when Potiphar’s wife ill accused him from that of a servant to the clothes of a prisoner. After so many changes you’d think that Joseph would quit and steer clear of ANY “dressing rooms”.
Life is just like that…a constant dressing room. In the course of a day alone, the pheromones in our bodies allow us to feel an amalgamation of varying emotions. Life in both seasons and issues, gives us different outfits to try on. Some feel as smooth as silk; while others feel as uncomfortable as a polyester/rayon blend. There is no way around these garments. But the remedy is found in the actions of Joseph. Joseph saw each outfit as an opportunity to show the all sufficiency of His God. In whatever state He was in, as Paul said, he “learned to be content.”
When Joseph’s opportunity came to change clothes for good, he wasn’t so embittered by the previous outfit choice that he didn’t prepare himself. The Bible says he shaved and prepared himself. This season will bring many emotions, and with it may come many changes of emotional and spiritual garments. Rest in the fact that God knows your name, and He knows your time. You are about to change clothes and go!
Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.