Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.
—Ephesians 3:20, The Passion Translation
As a child he knew he was special. In fact, his father treated him specially by giving him a beautiful coat made just for him. He also had unbelievable dreams. In his dreams, he was elevated above his family—they bowed to him! His dreams caused his family to become angry at him for thinking he was better than they. Who would believe that his older brothers and his father would all bow to Joseph? I think they taunted him and said, “We bow to you? Ha, in your dreams!”
But, the story of Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-42) shows us that dreams do come true. We learn that Joseph overcomes many difficulties, but ultimately (Genesis 42:6,8-90) God fulfills the promise that was revealed in his dreams: Now Joseph was governor over the land; it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground…. Although Joseph had recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Joseph also remembered the dreams that he had dreamed about them.
You may have a dream or many dreams. I hope you do. Your dream might be hidden deep within your heart because it seems impossible —or unlikely that it would ever be fulfilled. Or you may believe in your dream, but, like Joseph, you have experienced challenges and difficulties that make the promise of your dream appear to be “a dream deferred” or a joke that would make others laugh.
I know what a deferred dream feels like. I had wanted to make a difference with my writing since I was a child. I don’t have a degree in writing. I wasn’t an English major. I have just always written. I had no idea where it would take me or if it would go anywhere. I wasn’t brave enough to even dream. Having a dream takes courage and I wasn’t that brave about being a writer. My real life was working as a counselor and various other professions. But, in spite of the fear in my head, I continued to write.
Now, in 2018, I have the pleasure of being a part of an experience that happened as a direct result of my writing. I am one of the featured speakers on the first My Quiet Spaces Retreat-at-Sea. I am in the company of other authors and, for the first time, am being recognized as a writer. Dreams do come true, but what is even more clear to me is that God knows our hearts’ desires and will fulfill our dreams in ways that we have not imagined. I had no idea how the time, effort, and financial investment I made in writing my book, Live Healthy and Be Well: Create an Action Plan, would be returned to me. I did not have a five-year plan or even a business plan. I just continued to write and listened for God’s direction for the next steps.
In 2018, you have the opportunity to unpack those dreams you’ve had on hold or have ignored. Take some time during this Season of Epiphany, the season of revelation and manifestation (the introduction of Christ to the world), to listen to the desires of your heart and give your dreams to God. Like Joseph, you may have challenges and times of waiting, but trust that God is continuing to work in you and is leading you to your optimal opportunity—to fulfill your dreams in a big way! I now have the courage to dream about possibilities as a writer. I have once again experienced the power and possibilities of trusting God, which helps me to keep going. Don’t give up. This is your year. This is my year. Dreams do come true!