Through God, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream—seven healthy cows and seven sickly-looking cows meant there would be seven years of prosperity to be followed with seven years of drought. Same meaning with the Pharaoh’s dream about seven healthy ears of corn on one stalk and seven puny ears on another. Joseph told Pharaoh he needed to find the most organized, intuitive man he could to prepare for the drought during the seven good years and administer the distribution of grain during the drought so that his people would not starve.
I lived in Nebraska during a seven-year drought. We moved to Beatrice during the first year of the drought and left at the beginning of year seven. At year four, during the fall, the sky opened and rained for days. The Big Blue River in Beatrice flooded one mile out of its bank, devastated many properties. One of the families in our church had five feet of muddy water in the first floor of their home. The church I belonged to sent crews of helpers to save whatever possessions they could and to make it habitable.
We must never forget during prosperous times, it could change as quickly as a river floods. A good job can turn into an unemployment check and a healthy body can develop a serious illness.
Dear Lord, help us prepare for periods of drought in our lives.