A million dreams of a world You’re gonna make…
I close my eyes and I can see a world that’s waiting for me…
Through the dark, through the door, through where no one’s been before…
But it feels like home.
The music for The Greatest Showman was simply incredible, carrying messages of hope and identity and belonging that the world just needed to hear. In particular, the song A Million Dreams has always tugged at my heartstrings, because it talks about dreaming of a better world. And God is the giver – and fulfiller of dreams.
There are many instances in the Bible where God spoke to people through dreams. Joseph has a special gift where he could dream and also interpret the meaning of dreams. At a young age, God gave Joseph a special dream that he recognized was prophetic about his future as a leader and someone of authority. And like Joseph, God can give you a glimpse into the future, to the upward calling to which you are called (Gen 37:5-11).
And yet, even though the dream may be God-given, the path towards the goal may be dark. Joseph was sold into slavery, trafficked to a foreign country and then thrown into prison. And only then he met the people whose dreams he’d interpret – the cupbearer and the baker – that would open up the opportunity for promotion to work at Pharaoh’s right hand.
God, Giver of Dreams
“Don’t interpretations come from God? Tell me the dreams.” Gen 40:8b
Joseph wasn’t only interested in his own dreams. He knew that God gave dreams, interpreted them to those who would ask Him, and that God himself would bring the dreams to pass. Because dreams are generally unsubstantial unless they’re God-given, designing one’s life towards attaining an ephemeral vision may appear absurd. It sounds crazy to live towards a world you’ve only dreamed of, especially when you don’t know how it will happen.
You may need to march along previously untrod paths through darkness, pain and brokenness, through trials and triumph, through betrayal and tragedy. The very people who are part of our dream and whom we expect to love and support us may turn on us, as Joseph’s brothers did.
And yet, God calls us forth into a world we can only see when we close our eyes. A world we can see through prayer and faith as God lifts the veil into the unknown.
Let the faithfilled co-labour with the Faithful One to bring about the world that could be.
We are sojourners on pilgrimage. Citizens of heaven, living as ambassadors on Earth, longing for home because God has placed a longing for eternity in our hearts.￼
A world that’s waiting for me…
The world is awaiting the revealing of the children of God to be set free from it’s bondage to decay. Each one of us has a destiny and a purpose for being alive, on Earth, today. It doesn’t matter whether you’re called to be a billionaire or to clean gutters, as long as we stay faithful to God and serve the people around us.
Nothing we do is in vain, and whatever the task we are called to do everything with all our heart, as willingly and enthusiastically as if we’re doing it for God himself (Col 3:23).
A World You’re Gonna Make…
“Dear God….Like Joseph and Esther, William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King, however big or small our role… Lord, we pray, let us be part of it all! We desire to play our part in Your unfolding story. Share your dreams with us.
Make us trustworthy stewards of the House you are building, that we may enjoy the gifts of a faraway land – from Your heavenly hand and Your Father’s heart – prepared for us for such a time as this. For you give us everything we need for life and godliness.
Good God, giver of good gifts, You want to bring our Godly dreams to life. We trust you now in the passage of time that You are preparing our character and capacity to fulfill the calling you’ve placed on our lives, because those whom You call, You equip and empower for the journey that lies ahead until they reach the destination.
Let us dream dreams and see visions of a world You’re gonna make through us. In Christ whom we live and move, I ask and pray this. In Jesus name, Amen.”