Friday, March 10, 2006

Genesis 40:1-23; Psalm 51; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Mark 2:13-22

What are your dreams? I don’t mean those long-ranging life goals. I’m not talking about your dream of owning a private jet or going into space, though I’m sure people have wished I would go into space and stay a long while. I’m talking about those dreams you have every night – about those times when your mind is at rest, and God has a real chance to speak to us through our clutter.

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;

you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

(Psalm 51:6.)

I took a college psychology class where we kept a journal of every dream we remembered for a month. It was one of the most fascinating and memorable assignments of my life. I remembered my dreams so vividly, and I realized I was having multiple dreams every night. How often do you remember what you dream? Do you believe there’s a reason behind the dream?

Unfortunately I have since lost the journal. The message in today’s reading from Genesis really brought the memory back to me. Here is Joseph interpreting the dreams of a cupbearer and the baker for Pharaoh. Joseph is using God’s incredible gift to him and speaking truthfully to the men around him – a truth so clear and undeniable it can only come from God.

Going back to my original question, what do you dream of? When you wake up in the morning and a dream stays particularly close to you, what do you do with it? The cupbearer did remember his dream, but then forgot the promise he made to Joseph. Even if you remember your dreams and find a meaning in them, do you also remember whom to thank for the gift?

Through this Lent I would challenge you to keep a dream journal – to write down your own dreams each morning when you wake, to really remember your thoughts through the night, and to see if God may be leaving you a message. I will pray that he does.

Tom Leary

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