“And Joseph dreamed a dream . . .” Genesis 37:5
There I am, floating like a ballerina in mid-air. Or, I’m running in the woods. Sometimes I am facing dinosaurs. Or, I am defeating a foe. And yes, the ultimate, most embarrassing of them all, standing in front of the classroom not dressed up to par. These are some of the dreams I have dreamt over the years. (The ballerina one was sedation-induced for dental procedures when I was a kid, but it was a dream nonetheless.) I am glad that most of these weird visions of the mind have not come true. Let’s face it, I really don’t have the stamina to outrun a great T-Rex, chasing me up and down the steps of my house after ripping the roof off. No thank you!
I have had some strange ones as I am sure you have, too. Thankfully for Joseph, his dream was encouraging. His dream pronounced blessings over his life. It told of promotion and advancement. But, what his dream didn’t tell was the betrayal he would experience. It didn’t tell of the hardships of being ripped away from his family. And, it most certainly didn’t clue him in on feeling like an outsider. His dream did not reveal that though he was faithful in his life, things still weren’t always going to go his way.
Dreams, whether visions in a sleeping head or goals and aspirations in life, have a funny way of doing that. They show you the “what-could-be” without revealing the obstacles that may arise, blocking you from getting to that point. Dreams give you glimpses of “something more” but rarely reveals the work it takes to get there.
Life can get pretty yucky sometimes – and, I do mean pretty yucky. Schedules, people, thoughts, and messes get in the way of those aspirations we have. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try we feel like we are really going up a river without a paddle. It’s not only hard but seems nearly impossible!
But, I say to you today, “Dream Big Anyhow!” It’s not over until it’s over! Is it a cliché? Yup, but it’s true! Until they say, “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust,” you are still in the running to see great things come to pass. Why sit on the sidelines and watch? It is time to be a participator! You have to be your own dream’s advocate! You have to stand for where you believe God is leading you!
Who do you think gave Joseph his dreams? When the children of Israel kept trying to get to their land of promise, who led them there? God did! God wants His people happy and successful. He wants to see them blossom and flourish in all the abilities that He has sown in their lives. He wants them to Dream Big!
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!” (Philippians 4:13).
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