Read Genesis 43
Focus on verse 26
When I was in elementary school, I remember at least one time when my teacher had written in my report card to my parents, “…he tends to day-dream a lot.” Somehow I don’t think it was meant as a compliment at the time, but rather a way of saying “he doesn’t seem to be able to pay attention”. In retrospect I am thinking there may have been two contributing factors to this tendency. It is entirely likely that unbeknown to anyone at the time (myself included) I was nearly deaf in one ear, so I likely had trouble hearing the teacher. My hearing loss was only discovered when I was in high school. Secondly, if I had entered elementary school twenty years later than I did, I likely would have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and put on a drug to control it. As it was, I was just a dreamer. In some ways, I am still a dreamer. I like to dream of how things could be if…?? …Some of those dreams have come to pass, some likely never will.
When Joseph shared his dreams of the sheaves and the stars bowing before him, his brothers had ridiculed and hated him for it, choosing to believe it was the meaningless dream of an egotistical favored son. Little did they know that the day would come when the dream would be fulfilled, and though at this point in the story they do not yet know it, they all now bow, unaware that they are bowing to their brother – the dreamer.
When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present that they had with them and bowed down to him to the ground. And he inquired about their welfare and said, “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves. (v. 26-28)
While it is advisable to be careful about where and when one shares their dreams, one must also not forget that some dreams are meant to come to pass. The ones that tend to be fulfilled are the ones we don’t give up on. The text does not reveal what went on in the mind of Joseph when he sat for years in an Egyptian prison, but I wonder if perhaps it was during those times that he remembered the dreams of the sheaves bowing down to him, and the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowing to his star. God gave him those dreams to assure him of his destiny. What dream has God given you?