To have a dream is a dangerous thing. It makes people hate you. Society always want people to be like them. If anyone seems to march to a different tune, they immediately find fault with him or her. This is exactly what happened to Joseph.
On one occasion, when his father asked him to do so, Joseph went in search of his brothers who were grazing their father’s flocks. But even when they saw him in the distance and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
This is what they said on seeing him in the distance: “Here comes that dreamer! Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams” (Genesis 37:19, 20 Bible NIV). Note the words, “Here comes that dreamer!” Dreamers are immediately spotted. They are the target of criticism and hostility.
Again, they said that they will kill him. And they also said, “Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” But can dreams die? If it is God-given, it cannot die! Joseph’s brothers thought to end his God-given dreams. But since his dreams were not his idea, but God’s, God intervened and saved his life. Instead of being killed, he was first put into an empty pit and then sold for twenty pieces of silver.
He was sold to a caravan of Midianite merchants coming that way with their camels loaded with spices and going down to Egypt. Imagine what thoughts might have crossed his young teen mind as he sat as a slave, sold by his own brothers, to be carried away into a foreign land! Joseph might have thought, “This is the end of my dreams.” Yet that was just God’s special caravan to take Joseph to the land where his dreams would be fulfilled!
Dear young friend, having been rejected by those close to you are you sitting in a caravan today? Are you thinking that the dreams in your life have come to a premature end? Ah! God is not finished with you yet! The very things that seem against you and your dream are exactly God’s royal highway to take you to the fulfilment of your dreams. Do not give up yet. There is a great future that God has in store for you–a future that is going to bless others in plenty!
Remember the words that God spoke many centuries later through Prophet Jeremiah to a people plundered, looted, taken captive and in exile: ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
Therefore negative circumstances and hopeless situations in life are no barrier to God who is Almighty. He will yet do his most creative work in your life. He will surely complete the good work he began in you; and of which he has given you a future glimpse through dreams!
Cheer up, the caravan is taking you to the land of your dreams; even though you are a sold as a slave today!
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!