Today I read from Genesis 40 and 41 as I continue my journey through the Chronological Bible. This is right in the middle of the story of Joseph when he interprets Pharaoh’s dream and is appointed to be the second in command of Egypt. What strikes me about the story as I read it this time isn’t so much the fact that Joseph’s dream was fulfilled (though that’s obviously impressive), but the fact that Joseph had a dream in the first place.
A lot of people don’t let themselves dream. They just exist day in and day out and let life pass them by. They never reach their potential. They never take time to consider how things could be. It’s sad when you think about it.
I’ve been “dreaming” a lot recently. I’m not sure if it’s because my work load has been lightened now that we have a children’s pastor, or if it’s just coincidence. Either way, I’ve been considering and dreaming about what God wants to do in the lives of students and families at Stone Church.
There’s something liberating and exciting about dreaming. I don’t mean “make-believe” or “day-dreaming” but vision and faith in a preferable future. It’s about seeing what could be and finding ways to obtain it. It’s about discovering God’s plans and aligning ourselves with His will. It’s dying to ourselves daily and conforming to the image of Christ (Romans 12:1-2). When this occurs, our true potential is released.