01/07/2017 - The Dreaming Boy
Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it
to his brothers…” Genesis 37:5.
I don’t know for how long we can say that we are at the beginning of the New Year? Just the first day of January? The first week or the first month or the first six months? Regardless, we just started a new year – 2017 – and this challenges us to ask ourselves, “What surprises will the unknown future offer us?” Pleasant or unpleasant experiences? Will they bring happiness or unhappiness? God knows for sure, and we know for sure that our life is in His hands. It is enough for us.
Are you a dreamer? I cannot forget the dream I had many years ago: the second coming of Jesus. I cannot describe the brightness of that moment; I cannot forget the feelings when I saw that white cloud and above that cloud was Jesus surrounded by the uncountable number of angels. Everything was so real in my dream that when I woke up, I had a shock. Have you ever had such a dream?
Some dreams are just a series of images and emotions that happen involuntarily in our mind, but some others are ideas, plans, and origins of great achievements of the future.
The Bible gives us much information about Joseph’s life. Among many other details, the Bible tells us that he was a dreamer, not only a dreamer but a dream interpreter. It is true that sometimes sharing his dreams got him in trouble, but without mistake we can call Joseph – The dreaming boy. His dreams were not just a succession of images in his mind, but a revelation from God about his future in the context of his mission as one of the most influential men of Egypt.
Are you a dreamer? Do you remember the last dream you had? Did it have significance in your real life? Sometimes we dream with our eyes closed, other times with our eyes opened. Our dreams sometimes become reality; some other times they are just…dreams. One thing we have to keep in mind is before attaining something important in life, we need a dream first.
You remember the famous speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. more than 50 years ago. This discourse, known as “I Have a Dream,” changed a community, a city and a nation, helping them understand the need for justice, freedom and respect for human values. A big achievement, a great success, a grandiose realization in life started with…a dream.
What dream do you have for 2017? Is it something specific, something big? Do you expect something to happen in your life, in your family, in your church and community? If you expect nothing, nothing will happen. But if you have a dream, your dream could be changed into an achievement. What is your dream?