The Dream of Impossibility

I have a friend who strongly believes in pursuing the ‘impossible’.  If it isn’t ‘impossible’, it isn’t worth pursuing. 

Much like Joseph (and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), one of the favoured sons of Jacob in the Bible (Book of Genesis).  Joseph had two dreams or visions that he would one day rule over all the land and his own brothers would bow down to him. Joseph’s father, Jacob loved him so much he put a beautiful robe of many colors over him, which made his brothers hate him even more…

One day while Joseph was out, and his brothers followed him and plotted to kill him, until Reuben, the eldest brother, advised they preserve his life by hiding him in a cistern instead, and then selling him as a slave to the Egyptians. So they did.

Joseph was held in Egypt and became a loyal ‘slave’ or servant in one household, until he was falsely accused by a vindictive wife and sent to prison.  All seemed lost until one day the Pharoah heard that Joseph could interpret dreams. 

The Pharoah brought Joseph to him, and when Joseph predicted how he could preserve the people from 7 years of drought by saving some of the grain during the abundant season, his good advice and industriousness landed him the prized position as ruler over all of Egypt, only second to Pharaoh.

Now Joseph managed all the grain in Egypt and when the seven years of abundance were over, everyone came to him to purchase the grain in store.  Including his brothers from Canaan.

After testing his brothers many times and sending them away to get his youngest brother Benjamin (to supposedly be used as ransom), Joseph received his brothers at the palace once more and watched them bow down to him begging for mercy. 

Joseph broke down and wept at the sight of his youngest brother Benjamin, and finally revealed his true identity to his brothers who rejoiced that he lived.

The brothers returned to Canaan to retrieve their father Jacob and all of his descendents.  The Pharaoh agreed to let Joseph give his people the best land in Goshen.  There they settled and became a great people.

Jacob's grief at the 'death' of Joseph. Giovanni Andrea de Ferarri 1640

Jacob’s grief at the ‘death’ of Joseph. Giovanni Andrea de Ferarri 1640

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Can you imagine his father Jacob’s surprise when his brothers came to him and said Joseph still lives? 

Jacob was ready to ‘lay his grey head down to the ground’ and die of grief , but instead, he is brought face to face with the son he loves, Joseph, and his people are given everything.

 

What is so amazing about this story is not so much that Joseph became a great leader over his own brothers and people (as his dreams predicted), for there is many a man who has become King by force or fury, and not necessarily a good one. 

No, it is because Joseph shows wisdom and mercy that he becomes a great King over the Egyptians and the Israelites.  It is because he uses reason and tests the will and character of his people, both good and bad, and lets them be redeemed.

Joseph forgives his brothers and restores his family.

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That is what makes this such a magnificent story,

where impossibility meets sheer will, wisdom, mercy and love.

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My friend stands before his own dream of impossibility.  Where others try to beat him down and falsely accuse him, he is only spurred on to pursue the truth.  Where those who oppose him do not understand his reason, he sees clearly.  Where others tell him to give up and scorn him, he smiles and knows that God will win.

Thank you, my friend, for your wisdom and courage, and for instilling in me the Dream of Impossibility.

Amen.

 

P.S.  What is your Dream of Impossibility?  What is it that makes you want to pursue and accept the challenges that may befall you?  Share your dreams here.  You can write to me, or write your comments below.

 

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Krista Moore is a gifted writer, speaker and intuitive healer, certified in Metaphysical Hypnotherapy and Spiritual Direction (intern).  Book a Private session by Phone/Skype or in person, or a Group talk.

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