Joe was his father’s favorite son. He was the firstborn of the wife that Jacob really loved. Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel the moment he saw her. But her father had tricked him into marrying her sister, and then he married Rachel. But for years she had been childless. Joseph was the son she finally first gave Jacob. Only problem was, his brothers were often jealous of the father’s love to Joe. And Joe was a real dreamer. He shared a dream that God had given him in which his brothers eventually bowed down to him. This made them extremely mad.
When the opportunity came, his brothers sold him into slavery and he was carried to Egypt. You probably remember the story. By the favor of God, Joseph wound up ruling under Pharoah over the land of Egypt. Eventually, his brothers came during a time of famine to seek help. When they realized Joseph was in charge, they were afraid. Joseph eased their fears when he said, “You meant this for evil, but God meant it for good.” Now I have thrown a long and huge story into a few words. You can read it in Genesis, the final chapters.
Here is what I want to raise for consideration. What do we do with dreamers? What of those who dare to dream of things that aren’t but could be? What about those who claim that they have a God-given dream? I suspect that like Joseph, they often make us mad. We are often jealous and even angry at them.
The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people wander aimlessly.” (Prov. 29:18). The word for “vision” is a word in the Hebrew that means a “God-given revelation.” So where are the visionaries? We tend to migrate toward those who maintain the status quo. We like the comfort of the way things have always been. They may be less than what we think God desires, but the status quo is familiar and not nearly so challenging as pursuing a vision.
Dreaming can be dangerous. It can get you sold into slavery. It can land you in a strange place, like Egypt. Sometimes it costs you everything. But what do you do when God leads? How can you not obey? Thank God for the few, the brave, the faithful that are willing to embrace the Vision.