37:19, 20 KJV) And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come
now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will
say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of
are usually inspiring because they have the ability to open one’s mind into the
realm of what appears to be the impossible. However, the purpose of such
ability should be that of moving one from the dreaming realm into the realm of reality.
As a matter of fact most worthwhile realities were actually incubated in
someone’s dreaming realm.
some reason the dreamer not only has the ability to inspire, but he also has
the ability to antagonize the non-dreamer, as was the case in our text.
of Joseph’s brothers were hard working men, but none were dreamers. Joseph on
the other hand did not seem to like to work hard, but he was a dreamer. Joseph’s
dream was antagonizing enough to his brothers, but when he flaunted what he
thought the interpretation was, that was the last straw. Joseph’s attitude is
what led to the comments in our text. The brothers had had it with Joseph and
figured enough is enough.
either appreciates dreamers are they do not.
seem to fall into three different categories. The first category is the
prophetic dreamer...which is what Joseph was. His dreams spoke of the future of
Joseph’s brothers on the other hand were incapable of dreaming of the future
because they were more interested in the here and now. In other words, where
could they find enough grass for their sheep?
second type of dreamer is an inventor type of dreamer. Inventor type dreamers
usually fall into two categories. The first category is the one who is not only
capable of dreaming great ideas, but is also capable of bringing them to
conclusion. This is what I call a productive dreamer. I believe we need more of
second category of inventors is only capable of dreaming dreams, but is not
capable of bringing them to a completion. They are great at starting things,
but soon they are distracted by something different or better so they never
finish anything. This dreamer lives in a world of their own creation. They have
conversations that never happened, and they have victories that never happened...therefore
much of their world is an imaginary world and in most cases they are not even aware
third type of dreamer is the businessman type of dreamer. His dreams have to do
with strategies and tactical moves to combat the obstacles that would hinder
him from fulfilling his vision in the time allotted. The fact is, all serious
dreamers should have a timeline of bringing their dream into a reality.
brother-in-law, Bob Jenkins, and I were
dreamers. Our dreams may have gone in two different directions, but we
always got around to doing a little dreaming every time we got together.
of the most memorable places for our dreaming was on the back side of his ranch
by a secluded pond. We would drive there to check out the water level in the
pond for the animals, and usually stayed longer than anticipated. We would
always lose ourselves in the deep conversation of dreaming while standing and looking
at the pond. It was not long before we would be sitting on the ground and
talking and looking at the pond. Without realizing it, we always seemed to end
up lying back in the tall grass with our hands behind our heads and our legs
crossed, looking at the sky dreaming our big dreams.
of those dreams actually became a reality whereas others were dreams of the goodness
of the Lord. After a while we would get up and dust ourselves off and head back
to his big ranch house. We would be filled with hope and a direction for making
our dreams a reality.
and I could communicate because we were both dreamers whereas Joseph and his
brothers were not. It is very difficult for dreamers and non-dreamers to
connect on ideas. In Joseph’s case the only way his brothers (the non-dreamers)
could handle him was to kill him or get rid of him. Many follow this same
I thank You for the ability to
dream. I pray that You will not only help us dream, but also help us to bring
our dreams into reality through Your directions. Father I also ask You to open
the mind of the non-dreamer to the wonderful realm of the impossible.