What Am I Grateful For Today…Dreams that Come True

41 Two years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing near the Nile.

Then the chief wine steward spoke to Pharaoh: “Today I’ve just remembered my mistake. 10 Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker under arrest with the commander of the royal guard. 11 We both dreamed one night, he and I, and each of our dreams had its own interpretation. 12 A young Hebrew man, a servant of the commander of the royal guard, was with us. We described our dreams to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us, giving us an interpretation for each dream. 13 His interpretations came true exactly: Pharaoh restored me to my position but hanged him.”

14 So Pharaoh summoned Joseph, and they quickly brought him from the dungeon. He shaved, changed clothes, and appeared before Pharaoh.15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, but no one could interpret it. Then I heard that when you hear a dream, you can interpret it.”

16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It’s not me. God will give Pharaoh a favorable response.”

33 “Now Pharaoh should find an intelligent, wise man and give him authority over the land of Egypt. 34 Then Pharaoh should appoint administrators over the land and take one-fifth of all the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 During the good years that are coming, they should collect all such food and store the grain under Pharaoh’s control, protecting the food in the cities. 36 This food will be reserved for the seven years of famine to follow in the land of Egypt so that the land won’t be ravaged by the famine.”

37 This advice seemed wise to Pharaoh and all his servants, 38 and Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man with more God-given gifts than this one?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, no one is as intelligent and wise as you are.40 You will be in charge of my kingdom, and all my people will obey your command. Only as the enthroned king will I be greater than you.” (Genesis 41:1, 9-16, 33-40, Common English Bible).

We all have dreams. Some of those dreams actually come true. I am grateful for dreams that come true.

All my life I have been a fan of the Houston Astros. I have followed the Astros for just about as long as I can remember. My parents told me I have been to a game at the old Colt Stadium (back before the Astrodome) but I don’t remember it.

I can remember as a kid, laying in my bed with a transistor radio under my pillow listening to the Astros game. I remember a season, before the advent of division play, when the Astros came close, or at least I thought they did.

I remember when I was in the Navy and my ship went into the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia. Veteran’s Stadium was just outside the bases’ main gate. I could walk to games. The day we tied up in Philadelphia guess who was playing the Phillies. That’s right, it was the Astros. I was there cheering on my team for three straight nights.

I missed the playoff series against the Phillies a year later. We were at sea. I saw (on television) the day Mike Scott threw a no-hitter while the Astros clinched the division title. I watched each game of the 2005 World Series and remember how it felt like a gut punch with each loss of a four-game sweep.

The years that followed were difficult to watch. And then came this year. After watching and being disappointed so many times, when difficulty came for the team, I would think, “It’s over.” I said it a number of times. I didn’t say it Wednesday night. It was probably the only game of the World Series that I didn’t need to.

It was a dream come true. As much as I felt a dream come true for me, of course, it was even more of a dream come true for the players. It was the culmination of both dreams and hard work.

In today’s lesson, we can read a lot about dreams. Pharaoh had a dream. The baker and the cupbearer each had a dream. All those were literal dreams that Joseph who gave all the credit to God, interpreted. He gave them the interpretation regardless of what it would mean to them or their future. For all but the baker, it was a dream come true. For the baker, it was the beginning of a nightmare that would end with his death.

Joseph had a dream too. Joseph’s dream was to get out of prison. It took some time for that to happen. As soon as the cupbearer got out of prison he promptly forgot his promise to Joseph. Thankfully, he remembered, two years later, and Joseph was brought before Pharaoh. There he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream.

Interpreting Pharaoh’s dream resulted in Joespeh’s dream coming true. God, in God’s time, came through in a big way. Joseph, in a matter of minutes, went from being a prisoner to being the number two man in all of Egypt. Some people dream of becoming President. For Joseph, it was just about true. He held all the power and was accountable only to Pharaoh.

Then, on top of it all, when the famine did come, Joseph was able to save his family because his dream came true. He never could have done that if he had remained with his family. He couldn’t have done it had Potifer not had Joseph thrown into prison. He wouldn’t have gotten out had he not interpreted the dreams of the baker and the cupbearer. He would have gone back to prison had he misinterpreted Pharaoh’s dream. His family wouldn’t have survived. But they did survive because dreams really do come true.

Today I am grateful that dreams can come true. What about you? What are grateful for today? Write it in your journal. Share it with someone else.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

Author:

"The Pastor Ponders" is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor of First United Methodist Church. I have served here for the past two years. For the past 27 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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