Life can repeat cycles of ups and downs.
In Joseph's case, depending on the perspective, it could either look like a life of hardship and unfairness or of incredible blessing. He was sold into Potiphar's house as a slave but then became the keeper of everything Potiphar owned because the Lord blessed everything that came into his hand.
But he was in the home of an Egyptian, separated from his family and homeland, living among pagans. Quite an unlikely place for blessings.
Yet as a living, breathing testimony of God and His goodness, he walked about influencing the entire household.
Then his life cycles to the next hardship; the next portion of unfairness. He did the right thing, he had integrity--not just with his master but unto God--and got punished for a filthy lie. He was thrown into a prison where people were put either to be executed or forgotten. He was forgotten.
He was in prison. But the Lord was still with Joseph and showed him mercy. Quite an unlikely place for blessings. God blessed him and he had favor there, in the prison. Whatever he did, the Lord prospered him.
He could have chosen to see only the downfalls and thought of how unfair it all was. Separated from his family because his brothers envied him; thrown in prison because he had integrity; forgotten by everyone who knew his existence. Sounds pretty unfair to me.
But God wasn't leading him into ruts; He was leading him into various blessings in unlikely places. God promises that He will be with us wherever we go. That does not mean that we won't ever go into dark places, but that God will always always always be there.
Micah 7:8 says, "When I fall I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me." God is with us in the darkest places, shedding all the light we need. It's up to us whether we will choose to have the perspective of blessing or cursing. God can use anything for blessings. Will you let Him? What is your perspective?