This morning I am experiencing fulfillment of something of which I have long dreamed. I am sitting on our deck in shorts as I write this Thursday's Thirst. And it feels great!
For many months I sat at the kitchen counter, with my back to the outside. Before we moved into our condo, I would sit on the sofa or love seat in the living room. A few months ago I moved to the kitchen table, facing the open blinds and gazing toward the back yard. Finally, this morning, all of the factors were right for the move outdoors.
And, my oh my, how good it feels. In the distance I can hear the freeway, reminding me of the many people and busy lives that fill the earth. Around me I hear the birds, and see the blue sky, the partial moon, the green grass and so much more - all shouting out the glory and creativity of our God and Savior, Jesus. The gentle breeze is a constant reminder of the welcomed, on-going presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever." (Psalm 136.1-4)
Then my mind wanders to seventeen year old Joseph. He had a dream. "'Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.' But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, 'What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?'" (Genesis 37.9-10) Many and extreme were the twists and turns that followed in Joseph's life. He experienced multiple betrayals from people he trusted and depended upon. He was given up as dead by his father. Yet, through it all, his Father in heaven had a plan ... a dream he intended to fulfill.
Thus, a little later we read, "Now Joseph was governor over the land (of Egypt). He was the one who sold (food) to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground." (Genesis 42.6) I wonder, in the decades between the dream and its fulfillment, how many times Joseph thought about the dream. I also wonder how pure or wholesome those thoughts were, or if they were often heavily tainted with selfish pride and resentment?
Any way one looks at it, ultimately, the dream and its fulfillment were all God's. He had a plan, and the dream and its fulfillment were all a part of it. And, no matter what Joseph may have thought or experienced over the course of his life, in the end God enabled him to say, "Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." (Genesis 50.19-20)
It is not the fulfillment of my dreams that makes the Lord good. He is good - holy and perfect - in and of himself. Neither is it his fulfilling of my dreams that makes this day so great. In actuality, my sitting on the deck to write this morning is mere icing on the cake (an extremely sweet and delightful icing, though, I must say). What makes this day so great is the gentle breeze of his Spirit enabling me to say to you, "His steadfast love endures forever."
Our lives have many more twists and turns than a Tiger baseball game (Did you stay up for the end of Tuesday's game?). Our experiences may be worse than those of Joseph's, and we might never end up as governor over anything or anyone.. But "His steadfast love endures forever." And by the power of his Spirit he enables us to say in faith, "I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" (Psalm 27.13-14)
His dream for our lives will come true ... in his good time and way..