Have you ever had a dream that has been in your heart producing a restless ache? I definitely have, and still do. I love big dreams, but sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming. A friend recently encouraged me with a story of a guy who also had a crazy God sized dream. A dream he had no idea what he was supposed to do with.
His name is Joseph. Ring a bell?
Now I'll be honest, I have often disregarded this story growing up because it was one of the popular ones and I had even seen the cheesy DreamWorks movie version of it like a million times. But in this season of my life, when I have more questions than answers about the future, this story has so much weight.
When Joseph was a young boy, God began to give him dreams. Dreams that made no sense to him, and were quite humorous and confusing to those around him. Joseph saw that one day all of his brothers would be bowing down to him. That somehow he would become a pretty important guy.
So once he shared his dreams with his brothers, they threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, then told dear ole' dad that he was killed by a wolf. Wow, thanks fam.
Joseph still held on to hope. He eventually started to move up in ranks in Egypt, still not knowing what God was doing and how his dream would be fulfilled. Just when he thought things were going well, his boss' wife started to have the hots for him and well, after things didn't work out for her, she convicted Joseph of something he did not do, and he was thrown into jail. He remained in jail for at least 2 years. Still holding onto hope that God would do something with his dreams.
I don't know about you, but I have dreams hidden in my heart right now that I haven't the slightest clue how or when or if they will ever come to fruition. Dreams that are so big, they seem impossible. My dreams aren't like Joseph's in the sense of my brother one day bowing down to me ( although, I'm sure Shawn would love that ), but they are God given.
Joseph's story ends with him getting released from jail to serve as Pharaoh's right hand man. He kept his integrity, practiced patience, and trusted the Lord with his dreams. God brought the dream he had given Joseph to life, and I'd bet Joseph would have never in a billion years guessed that's how it would have happened.
God has created you unique from any other human that has ever lived. He has given you gifts, passions, desires, talents, skills, quirks, strengths, and even weaknesses. He has a purpose for you in this life on Earth. If you trust Him with your dreams and allow Him to lead you towards it, you will find that it will be better than you could ever imagine.
As for my dreams, I choose to surrender them to God. They are his anyways. Since He can see my future and is already IN my future, wouldn't he know the best steps I should take?
So I will take each day at a time and be faithful to where and what He is calling me to. And one day I will be able to look back and see how big and awesome God is because He can and will make the impossible, possible.