I am a dreamer. I have a long list of dreams and visions. Some of them are God-given dreams, the ones I know are God-ordained, others are likely more selfish ones. Either way, the list for this dreamer is quite long. I’m sure we are all full of dreams if we took the time to consider it. Maybe you dream of starting a business, or perhaps you dream of marrying Mr. or Mrs. Right. Maybe, like this crazy girl, you dream of living in Hawaii someday (I can hear my family freaking out over this statement right now). Dreams and visions are beautiful things to have (Proverbs 29:18). George Washington Carver said it like this, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”
Now being the dreamer I am, I have to be very careful about comparing myself to others who are living in similar dreams. It is easy for me to get a little jealous when I see someone else fulling their dreams when mine seems so far away. I can’t compare myself to a seasoned writer of twenty years and expect to be where they are as a writer. It’s great to want to be a better writer and strive for that, but I must remember that she too had a writing journey and I don’t know what she’s gone through to get where she is, but I know it didn’t happen overnight.
As I thought about my dreams of writing, among other dreams, God began to show me Joseph’s story. You can read the whole story in Genesis 37-45, but I will give you a rundown of events:
Like many of us, Joseph had a dream. Now, unlike most of ours, Joseph’s was literal. One night he dreamt that he would rule over his brothers. The vision as you could imagine did not make his brothers very happy. He was already their father’s favorite, and now he’s dreaming of ruling over them. The Bible says, “they hated him even more.” They hated him so much they plotted to kill him. So they threw him into a pit in the wilderness and left him for dead. But while they sat down to eat, they saw a caravan coming in the distance and decided that rather than kill him they could sell him and make a profit. Apparently, the going price for a ‘Joseph’ in those days was twenty pieces of silver. I’d love to tell you the story gets better for Joseph, but unfortunately it’s only just begun. Soon after being sold into slavery, he is sold once more, this time into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and the captain of the guards. Life is going from bad to worse; I’m sure at this point his dream must’ve seemed foolish. As time goes by, Joseph is lied about by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison for an attempted rape he did not commit. But God still had a dream for Joseph, just as He always had. Joseph ended up interpreting dreams for Pharaoh and eventually became second in command. Only Pharaoh, as king, was more significant than Joseph.
I say all that to ask you this, do you think Joseph would have chased the dream God gave him if he had known ahead of time all he would go through in the process? Would you? This story helps me remember that dreams and visions have a process; when we look at others who are ahead of us on the journey, we must not envy them for we don’t know what they have gone through to accomplish the vision. I pray on your journey to the palace that it won’t be as painful as Joseph’s journey, but even if it is, remember that the process will lead you to the promise (palace). And in the palace, lives are changed. Joseph saved a nation and his family while in the palace, but it was the process to the palace that put Joseph in the perfect position to do so.
I encourage you to fix your eyes on the way-maker, our God who guides our steps. Don’t look to others with jealousy because their path may not be one you’re willing to walk down. Take the path laid out for you and don’t grow weary of the process for it will perfectly position you for the palace!