Field of Dreams
Lord, I present myself before You. What I seek, only You can give; what I ask, only You can provide.
Read Genesis 37:1-11
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“When the river of God’s purposes in history goes underground, we need dreamers who will point us to God’s future” (Unknown).
Three facts are established here that will become the contours of Joseph’s story. First, he is a dreamer. Second, though one of 12, he is the object of his father’s particular affection. Third, he is also the object of his brothers’ jealousy. All three come together symbolically when Jacob gives his teenage son a gift: a finely woven and beautifully embroidered robe–a gift of grace and a mark of honor and esteem.
So affirming is this unexpected favor that Joseph finds the courage to voice his dreams (if not the maturity and wisdom to know who to voice them to). In these he sees his older brothers and even the sun, moon and stars, bowing before him. Joseph doesn’t claim to understand the dreams, but his brothers see their meaning all too clearly. He is, in their view, arrogant, claiming superiority over them. His dreams are too much for them. He aspires to a life they cannot allow him, and sees realities they cannot acknowledge. Even Joseph’s father, intrigued as he may be, cannot sanction his son’s dreams.
Thus is our story set in motion. This will be a battle “between the Dream and the Killers-of-the-Dream.” God is neither named nor mentioned in this text, but we take the hint that it is Yahweh who has sent this unsettling dream. God is at work, hidden and invisible, and only Joseph, the dreamer, sees the signs. We know now what great acts of God this story will lead to. We know, as its participants cannot, that God is at work and that more is at stake than family position and sibling rivalry. Abraham was chosen to embody the promise of God. Joseph is chosen to keep alive the dream. Both are part of a history bigger than themselves.
Are you a dreamer or a dream-killer? What dreams has God entrusted to you? What are you doing with them?
Father, I need a new dream and vision for the future. Show me how I can serve You effectively and what You have in store for me. I’m trusting You, and longing to obey.
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