Once upon a time, there was a man named Joseph.
One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!”
His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.
Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”
This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” (Genesis 37:5-10)
The plans God has for us may seem ridiculous to others – offensive, even. If we share the visions and dreams God has placed in our hearts, we might be met with hate and resistance, with scorn. Yet this does not mean that we have heard wrongly. Joseph seems arrogant here – and he Would be being arrogant if the dream had been his own. But it wasn’t. It was from God. And God doesn’t follow human sensibilities. He is not concerned with us feeling slighted by His plans, because His plans are far greater.