When I hear the word ‘dreams’, I immediately go to the temporal of weird dreams that I have. Ones like there are dozens of people in the pool, but it is all green and I am trying to vacuum the algae while everyone swims, or the dream where I am introduced as the keynote speaker at a fancy gala and I had not prepared –all is well though when I get the ‘thumbs up’ from a blonde Sandra Bullock. Was it something I ate, these make no sense.
One of my favorite dreams belongs to someone else. It is a literal dream and one that took years to be realized. The dreamer-Joseph. With great hubris Joseph shares, not one dream but two dreams that show him to be in authority over his older brothers. They were so impressed they sold him! This seems a bit extreme, but after raising four children, I can see how this made sense to the older siblings.
But it’s not so much the dream or even the fantastic story that transpires, (talk about a great read-this story’s got it all, pride, jealousy, slavery, lust, accusations, lying, imprisonment, dream interpretations, promises made, promises broken, restoration, rise to authority, forgiveness, heroic strategies…).
The part I find most inspiring, Joseph’s focus. He keeps his eye on the dream giver, not the dream. He sees early on that he will be in authority over his brothers and yet all these crazy twists and turns happen and years pass before the dream comes to fruition. Still, Joseph presses on! He perseveres, believes, hopes and most importantly in obedience, he does the next thing.
I am quite certain that the road Joseph traveled was quite different than he had imagined when God revealed his future.God still speaks to us, and He has dreams for dreamers. The impossible that is made possible through His power, His path, His direction, His strength.
My trouble is not in the hearing of His call or the seeing of the dream, but the waiting. I love to fill in the blanks and set the path, the to do’s the timetable. And in all that planning, I forget to listen, to follow, to obey.
And guess what, the twists and turns trip me, catch me off guard. I want to be like Joseph. I want to persevere, believe, hope, obey and then…do the next thing.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11