You are never too old to live your dream
He was thirty years old when he began serving in the court of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh’s presence, he inspected the entire land of Egypt. – Genesis 41:46
8 Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant.
14 Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once . . .
15 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.”
16 “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
17 So Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams . . .
25 Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.
29 The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt.
30 But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land.
33 “Therefore, Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt.
34 Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years.
37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials.
38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?”
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are.
40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”
41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck.
43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt.
When David Ayres had a kidney transplant 15 years ago, the Ontario native was sure his days playing competitive hockey were over. But on February 22, 2020, at the age of 42, the Zamboni driver made his NHL debut. He was in the stands over Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, watching the Maple Leafs play the Carolina hurricanes, when Carolina’s two goalies, James Reimer and Petr Mrazek, were injured during a game. As the Maple Leaf’s designated emergency goalie, Ayres put on a Hurricanes uniform and hit the ice.
He became the oldest goaltender (at 42 years, 194 days) to win his NHL regular-season debut, and for this. David Ayres’ game-winning stick is now on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He gave up 2 goals but then stopped 8 shots, helping the Hurricanes when 6-3. Ayres said, “I was absolutely nervous!” But “it was awesome.”
Obviously, Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams brought about a tremendous positive change in his life. From the dungeon to the throne room in day! But earlier in his life when he was young, he was the one having dreams. And as for our interpretations caused him nothing but trouble.
He was one of 12 brothers. He dreamed that his brothers would one day bow down and serve him. He made the rather huge mistake of telling them. They were already jealous, and now they were furious. And finally another dream came in which even his own parents bow down before him. Foolishly, once again he mistakenly told his brothers. (Genesis 37:4-11). They determined to make plans to kill him out of pure malice, spite, and envy. Fratricide loomed on the horizon (Genesis 37:18).
But Reuben interceded, and Joseph’s life was spared. He was thrown into a cistern and left there. Now Judah steps Up, and suggests they sell him as a slave. And so Joseph at age 17, was sold as a slave and was taken to Egypt. In Egypt, Joseph was bought by Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.
Genesis 39:2 The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.
Potiphar put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. Joseph was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and sentenced to prison. Joseph was a prisoner for just a little over 12 years. What chance was there now that his dreams would ever be fulfilled?
This is called, “the death of a vision.” The Father takes many of His children through this experience as a part of their preparation for service down the road. He uses setbacks, disappointments, and even disillusionment. His goal is to teach us to trust Him and depend upon Him solely for success.
REFLECT & PRAY
The Father often works in totally unexpected ways to fulfill His personal promises that once began only with the vision for the future.
Father thank you it is never too late and that we are never too old to live our dreams. We recognize our lives are in your hands and we trust You for the future.
When the famine hits, the entire geographical area is affected. Only Egypt has grain. As a result, Joseph’s 11 brothers and father find themselves in Egypt. And they all bow down before him. His mother Rachel had already died.
“Faced with the death of a vision, a person must hold on to hope, anticipating and expecting God to work out His revealed will in one’s life, even when it seems impossible. This ‘season’ of waiting provides us with the opportunity to develop Christlike character, to realize our shortcomings and inadequacies, and to trust God to demonstrate His power and bring the vision to fulfillment” (Gothard).
You are never too old to live your dream. It took Joseph around 25 years to realize his. In the valleys are often very low, filled with disappointment, unmet expectations, betrayal, and ultimately fulfillment beyond his wildest imagination.
Often, the death of a vision is a prerequisite, a steppingstone, to its fulfillment. The hardest part is waiting and maintaining faith and trust.