Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said, “Listen to this dream I had. We were all out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine.” Genesis 37:5-7 (MSG)
For three weeks I left my husband in an isolation ward and went home alone.
This wasn’t the way I dreamt our marriage would be. In my wildest dreams I never imagined we’d spend two of the first of three years of our marriage facing down cancer.
This week I heard of a friend who is giving up on their dream of living with and helping those in poverty and returning to the city to find full-time employment. When he quit his job all those years ago he could never have envisioned that his dream would end like this.
What dream have you seen end differently to the way you hoped in your life?
Joseph must have felt like his dreams were nothing more than nighttime adventures when his brothers stripped him, threw him into some old cisterns, and then sold him into slavery.
God doesn’t end stories with slavery.
God didn’t send his only son to die on a cross and buy our freedom only to let the story end with bondage.
At the darkest moment in Joseph’s life, when he is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit God intervenes in Joseph’s life. To cut a long story short Joseph is freed from prison and given a position in the land second only to the king of Egypt.
Many years later when his brothers were starving to death they found their way to Joseph and they bowed down to him.
The dream that seemed impossible came true.
Sometimes when it looks like our dreams are ending. It’s not the end. It’s just the beginning. (Tweet this)
Like Joseph it doesn’t mean the path to seeing a God-given dream come true will be easy.
However, it does mean if we keep surrendering to Jesus, asking him to make something of our shattered dreams that he will turn them into something we could never have come up with on our own.
Ponder: What dreams have you had that ended differently to the way you had hoped?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you know my broken dreams. Come and breathe life into them, you may use anyway you want to resurrect the dreams you’ve given me. I am willing to do your will, your way. Amen
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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.