“You who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence. Remember the world of wonders he has made, his miracles, and verdicts rendered…”. Psalm 105.
Later in that passage it goes on to say the time came to “fulfill Joseph’s dreams”. This of course is in reference to his captivity and his dream to be set free.
Though this was physical bondage for Joseph, I wonder how many of us feel as “captives” to life and circumstances – and we may in fact be, like Joseph, long to be free.
I have felt this & share a deep longing for freedom. I now realize though this desire comes from God. For it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1.
We are also told God gives us the desires of our heart – these are gifts to His children who walk with Him – the dreams of our heart. For clearly, there is a world of difference between earthly, fleshly dreams and spiritual ones.
As such, my desire for freedom is from God – it’s deeply rooted, and Jesus is the key. He is freedom, and the giver of life abundantly. This isn’t a life free from trouble and hardship, but rather the freedom to endure and overcome such things in Christ.
Most everything in this world comes with some hardship. For example, quality relationships require consistent investment. Dreams require effort and sacrifice to get off the ground. We must study for school, to earn degrees, and labor to make money. And anything material requires maintenance to keep up – weeding the garden, painting the house, repairing the car, all these such things.
And what comes from such efforts? This is the risk, mystery and beauty of life. But when we do all things and give all things to the glory of God, we can endure all things knowing God is for us. He is good, loving and kind. He invites us to do life not apart from, but with Him. To become fully alive in Him, and grow in our knowledge and enjoyment of Him forever.
What dreams has He brought to your heart, that you haven’t pursued, or keep pushing away? Give these dreams to God and give them a shot. See where they lead you – surely, they guide us to Him, and others.
Godly dreams may seem to be about us at first glance, but always serve a greater purpose – to reveal deeper discovers about ourselves, deeper healing, deeper relations with God, deeper involvement with others – whatever our dreams are they most likely put us out into the world, and as we go with God, we interact with others, engage others, rely upon God more, and discover new truths about ourself along the way.
As such, dreams are wonderful things – let them not fade away.