Dreams are like laundry…

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:37-41 NLT)

In a perfect world, I would do a couple loads of laundry every day. Last week, my world was not so perfect, and my laundry looked more like Mt. Kilimanjaro than just a simple pile of laundry. It was kind of scary! After endless loads and hours and hours of laundry, I could finally see my floor. (Luckily, everyone in my house has enough socks and underwear to last over a week. Whew!) The thing about laundry is that it is NEVER done. (Ever finish the laundry and then walk into your kids’ bathroom? Ugh!) Even when it is all cleaned and folded, we still have clothes on our backs that get dirtier by the second and sheets on our beds that need washed.

Pharaoh had two dreams, and Joseph interpreted them and offered some God-given advice on how they could survive the famine. And WHAM! Joseph is put second in command of all Egypt. He has everyone in the kingdom bowing down to him. Cool! Dream fulfilled. Heart satisfied. The End…..Right? Wrong!

We tend to see our dreams as “happily ever after” or a destination. “If I can just have/do (insert dream here), I would be so happy and fulfilled forever.” We see them like a fairy tale. Cinderella married the handsome prince…and she lived happily ever after. The End. Except it’s not. Dreams fulfilled are not the end. They are just the beginning. Cinderella still had to live with that handsome prince with all his quirks and habits and work at a healthy, love-filled marriage. Someone may dream of having a baby, but once the baby comes, it is not the END of the dream. It is the beginning of a lifetime of work. Joseph was put in charge of the kingdom. The End, right? Not so much. He still had to implement his plan. There was more to the dream than he thought. 

Someone who dreams of having children is usually thinking of that cute tiny package you bring home from the hospital all warm and cuddly and snuggly. No one in their right mind daydreams about having a teenager or would go straight to the 2 year old phase. We may never have kids at all if they didn’t come in such cute and cuddly packages! Can I get an amen? Joseph just thought somehow, someway his brothers would end up bowing down to him….this was his cute and cuddly package. He may have run away from the dream if he knew he would be put in charge of all Egypt. Sometimes it is a good thing we can’t see the whole picture. It might just scare us!

Dreams are like laundry. It’s never done, and there is always more to it than we think. That vision you are holding on to is only a tiny part of what God wants to do through you, and it won’t be the end when you get there….it will only be the beginning. Remember, He is preparing you now for what is to come, and it is even more than you could ever dream! Until then, God is more than able to satisfy the longings of your heart until faith becomes sight and you are walking out your dream. Keep holding on to the Dream-Giver. He is always MORE than enough!

As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You]. (Psalm 17:15 AMP)

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2 comments on “Dreams are like laundry…Add yours →

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Your so right, we often look at the now and not the later…and when the later seems to difficult, we often want to forget about the dream…but then the amazing grace of God sees us through. Praise Him!

    1. Isn’t His grace so good? One of my favorite verses is Matthew 11:28 in the Message Translation…the unforced rhythms of grace. Good stuff!

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