The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. When two full years had passed, Pharoah had a dream (Genesis 40:23,41:1a NIV).
A dream and its interpretation was the basis upon which Joseph planned his release from prison. Of course he had done nothing to deserve being in prison. But that is not the point here. He gave a favorable interpretation to the chief cupbearer about his dream. And then added a recommendation. He asked the chief cupbearer to remember him, mention him to Pharaoh and get him out of prison when all went well with him.
But Joseph had forgotten for a moment that the time for his release was in God’s hands. And we should be thankful to God for having recorded the fact that the chief cupbearer forgot Joseph. It would have definitely been hard on Joseph. He might have wondered how people could forget so soon. He had actually given the chief cupbearer hope for the future by interpreting his dream; yet he forgot him.
Many times in life we also plan our release from prisons that God has allowed us to be imprisoned in. We know that we have done nothing wrong to be in that situation. So we try recommendations. Yet we find that people forget about us.
But after two full years had passed, something similar to what had happened to the chief cupbearer in prison, occurred. This time it was Pharaoh who had a dream. When none was found to interpret his dream, the chief cupbearer remembered Joseph and told about him to Pharaoh. That moment was God’s time. To lift Joseph from the prison to the palace. And it also came through a dream and its interpretation. The steps that God orders in our lives shall take us from prisons to palaces only if we are ready to wait for his time. We also have to remember that a release two years ago would have secured Joseph freedom, but he would never have become the governor of the land then!