"Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming!" Genesis 37:19
These are the words Joseph's brothers said as they saw him coming toward them in a field. Words said in a snide way, dripping with contempt and envy.
Joseph made a mistake sharing his seemingly impossible i.e. God sized dreams with his brothers. Not everyone will celebrate our big dreams and there is a lesson to be learned in that.
But I love the statement, even if it came from bitter hearts.
Look! This dreamer is coming!
I want to be known as a dreamer. I want to always dream and dream big.
I just finished one of the most incredible books by Mark Batterson--The
Circle Maker. I've been begging friends and family to purchase and read it.
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Batterson says, "There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does. And the bigger the circle we draw, the better, because God gets more glory."
This morning I was praying scripture over my circles, my big dreams and a song popped into my head. Cinderella sang it.
"A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep…" In the context of God planting dreams within us, they aren't wishes, but promises. If we don't believe--it truly is a wish our heart makes. A wish lacks faith.
But dreams do come from our heart. (Not all are God-given and it's important for us to daily spend time with Him so we can let Him establish which ones are and are not.)
I do get what Cinderella is singing about. And on some level I agree with her.
Our hearts dream and sometimes it happens in sleep--when the busyness of the day and what we consider hopeless reality consumes our thoughts. Sometimes it's in that quiet place of sleep or nodding off or when we first wake…God can whisper endless possibilities into our hearts.
It kindles and burns.
It causes us, like Cinderella, to put one foot in front of the other. To look out with longing and dream of what could be. Something much bigger than us.
"In dreams you will lose your heartache, whatever you wish for you keep…"
If they're God-given dreams it's true! God never changes His mind about us. He never revokes our calling and purposes. "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." Romans 11:29
"Have faith in your dreams and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through, No matter how your heart is grieving if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true." Rainbows are a sign of promise!
And our hearts do grieve us, don't they? "Hope deferred makes the heart sick."(Proverbs 13:12) That blasted Grandfather clock ticking!
The key: Have faith. Believe. The grandest dreams, the impossible, the scariest in a sense, dreams do come true.
Look at Cinderella. She wanted out from under the bondage she lived in,
She had faith. She kept dreaming even when "reality" told her it was impossible. When her heart was grieved. When the killjoy clock ticked and forced her into a day she would not have normally chosen for herself.
And things began to click into place. Unexpectedly. A ball. Resources and people who were put in her path to help her succeed. When God has a plan for you, and He does, He will go far beyond your expectations. You won't have a simple carriage, you'll have the best carriage--made from the impossible! A pumpkin! Miracles happen.
You won't have a nice dress. You'll have the best dress.
It won't come without some troubles, stumbles, and opposition along the way.
But in the end…
If you keep on believing. The dreams, that you prayed will come true.