Have you ever had a hard time getting out of bed? Maybe there has been a moment in time when you wanted to take a long nap and not wake up for a day or three? Life has become unexpectedly complicated and if you could just sleep your troubles away, well that would be perfect. Who doesn’t like sleep?
I can remember being a teenager and having a reoccurring dream. In my dream I would wake up from a dream to find that I was still only 4 years old sleeping in my tiny little bed. All the things I had seen and done were just a dream. I wasn’t 16. I was only 4. All that was troubling me was only a dream and I could simply just be 4 and not worry about anything.
It’s funny, I can remember thinking, what an odd thing to dream. Now I realize that it was a subconscious way of dealing with my typically normal adolescent life. Life gets bumpy. Sleep removes you from the turbulence. Dreams help you cope.
In the Christmas story Joseph, Jesus earthly father, is found sleeping. His life had become unexpectedly complicated and bumpy. Things with Mary, his soon to be wife, took a sharp left turn and now sleep was the only place he could get away from the turbulence. Joseph was so plainly human. His struggle was real. No one could blame him for what he was about to do. He had to let Mary go. The wedding was to be called off. His hope for the future had been crushed.
It was too much.
His world was shattering right in front of him.
All he could do was sleep and hope it was all a dream. But dream he did.
We think we are all alone when we dream. Not so.
God has access to our dreams and He sent an angel to Joseph’s dream.
This angel told Joseph to stay the course, take Mary as his wife. God had big plans for them. He would need them to be together, unified, for this assignment. Mary was holding God’s Son in her womb but Joseph would hold God’s dream with his hands. Joseph needed God’s confidence.
Joseph woke up. Sleeping must always come to an end. There was no need to slumber any more. Sleep would help Joseph hide from his troubles but he could never hide from God. The Dream Maker is also the Dream Giver. Dreams given in love, for love. Love never needs an invitation. God is drawn to our wounds and patiently soothes, even when we are unaware, so Love can reform all that has become distorted. All that was ailing Joseph found healing through a divine dream. The angel explained to Joseph about what was happening and what was to be but Joseph…..he heard, I believe in you, Joseph.
Are you having trouble getting out of bed? Do you feel that if you could take a nap and not wake up for a day or three, things would be much better? I know how you feel. Somewhere deep in our dreams God is whispering. I believe in you. For all the things that have become distorted and troubling in your world God whispers, I believe in you.
Like Joseph, it will take all of your energy to face your future and hold whatever God is asking you to hold. Like Joseph we have to wake up to whatever is troubling us and arise. Leave behind doubt, solving things “our way”, self-preservation or fear.
You cannot live out the God dream and hold onto pride.
You can be assured that in spite of your troubling, distorted and complicated world, God can meet you in your dreams. Each time your eyes open from slumber, remember God whispers, I believe in you.
Before God sent His Son, He sent a dream.