“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:”Genesis 37:5-6
I met Rebekah when she came to my school as a new student, and I was smitten with her beauty. The blonde hair and blue eyes grabbed my attention, and I wanted to get to know the new girl. She did not know I existed, but I was determined to get to know her. She was quite different than me, as she was a rule follower and I was a rule breaker. She had the knowledge of the school handbook like a beat cop fresh out of the academy. My attraction to her soon waned as I was sure she would turn me in to the school authorities if she caught me in a wrongdoing. She did not make any friends in school with this type of law and order, and I was not as smitten as I was before.
I was not nice to her and contested her every point as I was opposed to her standing on the right side of the law. I called her names and grew a dislike for her because I thought she was a goody two shoes. She would sometimes engage me and argue her point which only fueled my fire to contest her more. I felt like since I did not like her, I might as well ruin any future chance I might have with her.
At the end of that school year, we had a field day when we went to a park and played games. I was paired with Rebekah in a game of kickball, and we actually gave each other high fives as our team cruised to victory. I forgot that she was the law, and my ill feelings toward her seemed to melt away. I remembered her how I first saw her, and I thought about her all that day. I went to bed that night and dreamed that we were together and hanging out. We were enjoying each other’s company in my dream, and I woke up in love. I told my best friend about it, and he thought I was crazy and did not believe how quickly my heart had changed. I asked her out the following week, and although we endured two break ups in our adolescent years, things worked out for us in the end. I never imagined that God would give her to me as a wife, but it all started with a dream I had.
There have been many people in this world who have had a dream. A dream to conquer the world, a dream to open up their own business, a dream to do great things, and sometimes a dream to do evil. Dreams are sometimes simply selfish ambitions, and some believe in the Disney motto that all our dreams come true. I do believe that when we make God our true delight, God gives us godly desires and dreams as part of His will for our life. Psalms 37:4-5 states, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
God gave Joseph a dream and he was not shy to tell his brothers about it. His brothers called him a “dreamer” and made fun of him because of his dreams. They did not realize the significance his dreams would have in all of their lives, but time would reveal the power of the dreams God gave had given him. Are you truly delighting in the Lord? Do you realize the significance of the good and godly dreams God has given you? What desire has He put you in your heart? Have you given up on the dream He has given you? Is your heart still open to what He would have for you? Are your ways committed to the Lord? Is your will aligned to His will, or are you filled with your own fleshly ambitions? May we delight in Him and may we commit all that we do to Him. May we not miss out on God’s plan for our life, and may we prioritize the good and godly dreams He gives us.