i had a dream


5 Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers, which made them hate him even more. (Genesis 37:5 CEB)

As I read about Joseph, I am thinking of that famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr. Joseph’s dream, like King’s dream, threatened people. And I am wondering why.

Why couldn’t Joseph’s brothers just dismiss those dreams as the taunting of their annoying little brother? If blacks and whites really were naturally meant to be separate, why couldn’t the racists just leave King alone?

We are threatened by what we know is, or could be, true. If we are afraid, and we hear a dream, we will resist the possibilities and only dwell on the threats to our own status or comfort should this dream come true. But if we encounter these dreams with an open heart, who knows where God will take us.

How easy to forget that great things start with a dream.

And let’s not let this time with Joseph go by without a little Donnie Osmond.

Day 11: Genesis 37

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