by Macy Johnson
“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers,
they hated him all the more.”
(Genesis 37:5 NIV)
“After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.”
(Matthew 2:9 NIV)
Two Josephs, many dreams. Some paved the way for one Joseph, favored son of Jacob/Israel, to be carried away to Egypt. Other dreams led another Joseph, earthly father of Jesus, to escape to Egypt. Both Josephs obediently relied on hope in their Savior God, and acted on vital lessons learned in their sleep.
Most dreams slip away in an elusive puff. I want to remember all my dreams. They help me understand why I do what I do. Some days I am distracted and other days focused. Some experiences rob me of joy and others are simply ignored.
A recent dream suggested we are like skiers on a lake as smooth as glass. God is at the helm. The Holy Spirit is the connection with our Father, the rope that pulls us into new experiences, over new surfaces.
The wakes behind the skis signify experiences of the past. They reveal where the skier has been and originate at the point where his skis skim the water. The wake begins where a person meets life, the calm water, and disturbs it for a split-second. There is no skiing without wakes - the past we leave behind follows us into the present.
Do you long for adventure like Joseph or Joseph had in their lives? Life-changing quests may require you to sharply cut your skis to the right or left and jump over the wake. Be alert and prepared, awake or asleep, for God might reveal His will to you in dreams.
I will wake from my dreams anticipating lessons learned while I slept. I hope you will, too!