The more often I read it, the more I fall in love with the Old Testament story of Joseph. What a heart he had, to endure all he did without a single gripe or complaint. And what triumph he had after remaining faithful to God even in the worst of times. In Genesis 37, we see the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. In my most recent reading, one verse stood out to me like never before.
Joseph’s brothers had grown upset by all of Joseph’s dreams, and behind his back, they called him a dreamer. In their minds, it was a derogatory name, a slur. The word “dreamer” there can also be translated as “master of dreams.” That struck me as interesting. God gave Joseph dreams when he was but a teenager, and those dreams didn’t come to fruition until many years later. Yet the very dreams that caused Joseph’s brothers to grow weary of him and sell him into slavery were the same ones that carried him through slavery, imprisonment, and ultimately a promotion to the second most powerful man in all of Egypt. Dreams can be powerful enough to give us direction and guide our lives.
As I considered the words “master of dreams,” something resonated within me. I want to be a master of dreams on par with Joseph. God has placed things within me—thoughts, ideas, hopes. Some are in relation to goals I hope to accomplish in and through my writing career. Others are story ideas that I one day hope to birth into full-fledged novels. Most feel much bigger than me, far beyond my reach. But just like Joseph, those dreams can act as guideposts as I progress through my life, things to hold onto when moments grow dark and I fear I’m losing my way. And so what if they are too big for me to achieve on my own? I’m never on my own. God promises in His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will accomplish the dreams He plants within me in His time, just as He did with Joseph. And He will do so in a fashion that leaves no question that He orchestrated the whole plan, from dream inception to completion. I will rely on Jesus Christ to help me reach the “master of dreams” level in my writing and my life.
What dreams has God put in your heart? Are they easily attainable, or seemingly insurmountable?