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Frightening But Good (The Story: Chapter 3)

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In the movie Parenthood, Steve Martin's character Gil is complaining about his complicated life, when Grandma enters the room.
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.

Gil: Oh?

Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! 

Gil: What a great story. [sarcastically]

Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it. (See clip)

Grandma's roller coaster is an accurate way of describing Joseph's life in Genesis 37-50: his father's favorite son with a fancy coat, eleven brothers who hate him, a dreamer who dreams for God, his brothers sell him as a slave, earns respect in Egypt, falsely accused by the boss' wife, becomes deputy Pharoah...
The roller coaster can be an opport…