Stay Strong, Keep Dreaming

Ericka Loynes

Read: Genesis 37

Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed . . .” (vv. 6-7)

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared a dream about a future America. For those who were in favor of the dream, it inspired hope for freedom and equality. For those who were opposed to the dream, it threatened the security of power and wealth. Dr. King was falsely accused of crimes, beaten, and thrown in jail by those who were threatened by his message. Yet, nothing deterred him from pursuing his dream.

Today, in Genesis 37 we read about Joseph who also has a dream about his future. Each time Joseph seems to get closer to the dream, he has a major setback. Joseph waits 13 years and endures many hardships, including prison time and a false allegation of rape, before his dream comes true (Genesis 39-46). Through it all, Joseph remains strong. In his perfect time, God brings all the pieces that needed to come together for Joseph’s dream to emerge.

Dreams are exciting visions of what can be, but when our real lives don’t match our dreams, we can feel discouraged. We must not give up on what the future holds for us. Know that our reality now is part of a grand plan we can’t see. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: God, help us to believe in the dreams you give us and to have the strength to pursue them even when they seem far from our reach.