Imagine you are Joseph (the guy in Genesis). As a young boy, God spoke to you in a dream. Then, just to make sure you had the picture, He spoke to you in a second dream – this one even bigger than the first. God told you that you would see your siblings bow down to you.
Now Joseph wasn’t just one of 12 brothers. He was the next to the youngest, and the first born of his mother. His mother was the most loved wife of his father. When every other child was born, he gave them some attention, but it was still Rachel that caught his eye. So, when his beloved finally gave birth, it was time to party. 10 brothers came along, and no one heralded their birth – but Joseph – his father thought he was special. His brothers thought he was a spoiled brat.
Joseph was a younger, and he was favored and pampered.
Then came the dream, and soon thereafter, destruction. Instead of his dream coming true, he was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, and shipped off to Egypt. Alone in Egypt, his natural confidence won him a place of honor in Potiphar’s house. As he went about his work there, he probably reflected on his God-given dream. Perhaps he would go on a trip with Potiphar and his family would see how he had gained favor and status. Just as he became comfortable and hopeful that his dream was in reach, Potiphar’s wife lied about him, and he was thrown in prison.
Beaten down, Joseph again found favor. Now, here is the remarkable part: Years later, when two men came to the prison and had strange dreams, Joseph didn’t hesitate to believe that God would show him the meaning of the dreams. He didn’t hesitate in his belief that God gives dreams, and fulfills them. His dream should have been vanquished long ago. Yet Joseph believed that God would use him … through a dream.
Where are you in your dream process? Are you reveling at all God has shown you? Have you been beaten down? Has the scope of your reality changed so much that you can’t even recognize a course?
When Joseph gave up, he had to wait, but then in a matter of mere moments, his reality changed. God fulfilled the dream He had sent. God was fulfilling that dream the entire time Joseph was in the pit, marching to Egypt, a slave in Potiphar’s house, running from Potiphar’s wife, and destitute in prison. No matter where you are in the process, God fulfills the dream.