“And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive? And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.”Genesis 43: 27-28
I went to school with a guy who idolized Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was from Mexico and English was his second language. As kids do, we made fun of him because he had an accent, even though some of us had our own accents. He walked into our tight-knit school, and tried to be bigger than life, which immediately put us on alert. First of all, we hated Magic Johnson, and even more so, we hated the Lakers. This guy had a satin Lakers jacket that made me cringe every time he wore it to school. I so wanted to rip that jacket off of him and tear into a million pieces, but I secretly felt bad for the new guy, although I would not dare show it. I would rib him every chance I got, but he was unfazed and would often and publicly say something crazy that I still remember to this day: “I’m going to be a star!”
He would say this phrase with much confidence, and he honestly believed it to be true. Every time he said this, we laughed at him and mocked him, using our best accent to mimic what he said. A good friend of mine had an aunt who tutored him, and she asked us to be nicer to him as our comments were having a negative affect on him. Since it was my friend’s aunt asked, I obliged and tried my best to be nice to him.
We eventually got used to him and would only chuckle when he said his signature phrase. He still seemed determined to become a star, even though we did not know how this was possible. He was referring to being a basketball star, even though he was not very good. He tried his best to mimic the moves of Magic Johnson, even though they looked more like “Tragic Johnson”. He did not become a basketball star, but he did go on to earn his PhD in psychology. In this role, he appeared as a guest on the local news several times, and literally became a “star”, which was his dream from the beginning.
Like this guy from my school, Joseph was mocked for his dreams, although the Lord allowed him those dreams. God had big plans for Joseph, and even though Joseph’s dreams seemed unlikely to come to fruition, God was not forgetful or restricted in fulfilling those dreams. Joseph shared his dreams, which was not received well by his family, including his dad who loved him so. His brothers mocked him, but in the years to come, Joseph’s dreams would come to life when his brothers bowed down to him and showed him great respect, just as Joseph told him they would. Genesis 37:9-10 reminds us of his dream years before, “And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance (bowed down) to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.”
What dream has God placed in your heart? Have you forgotten about it? Are you seeking and trusting in Him to fulfill His purpose for your life? God’s calling is His enabling, but we must be faithful in doing our part. What will be changed today because you chose to obey the task He has given you? May we be careful in asking for wisdom to know the difference between our dreams and the ones God has given us. God has a plan and purpose for our lives if we will submit to Him and follow on the path where He leads us. May we be a dreamer for our Lord and Savior, and may we obedient in doing that in which He has called us to do.