In Genesis 37:1-11, Joseph has dreams that are bold. He dreams that his father, mother, and brothers will all bow down to him. These dreams sound conceited. They sound audacious. They sound bizarre. And they are. But they are also true.
It seems that Joseph believes the dreams are true, even though his family does not. (Can you blame them?) If I were in Joseph’s shoes, I think I would believe the dreams, too. After all, they are appealing. Who wouldn’t want to be respected by those closest to you? Who wouldn’t want to have power over those that had formerly made your life difficult?
Joseph’s dreams were given to him by God: a rare glimpse into his future. But, what God does not give Joseph is a glimpse at the path he will take to get to that future.
The path to Joseph’s dreamed future is full of twists and turns. It is full of danger and disappointment. It is full of many places where Joseph likely lost hope that those dreams would ever become a reality.
Sometimes I have felt that God is leading me somewhere. And when that happens, I often try to take control of the path to get there. I am prone to “taking the bull by the horns.” I grasp for control. I create a plan.
But if I am to accept the dream God gives me of my future, then I also must accept the path he gives me to get there.
For as he says in Isaiah,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts,” -Isaiah 55:8-9
I believe this to be true, but yet I too often live like it is not. I live like my plan is better.
Father, help me to trust my future to you: all of it.