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Joseph's Crushed Dream
December 9, 2013

 Matt 1:18 ... Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant... 

2013 -  the year of crushed dreams for me. I had high expectations going into the beginning of this year. My business was going to be rolling awesome and sustaining our ministry. In my heart, I felt God gave me this great dream. This dream was so alive in me, that I jumped into it with faith, believing God knew what He was doing, and I would follow. Fast forward to today, my business completely flopped leaving us near financial ruin. The ministry however has been going strong, but my dream of our business sustaining it has completely vanished. I no longer see that dream and in fact don't even know if I can believe that dream any longer. 

Joseph was this young man who had a dream. He was planning on marring his wife-to-be, Mary. I'm sure he pictured how great his life was going to be. They'd build a house, have children, and grow old together. What a dream he must have had. Only to find out that Mary has become pregnant, and he was quite certain it wasn't by him. Could you imagine the heart ache, the pain, of this crushed dream. I could only imagine him asking himself, "now what?" He must have been hit with every emotion possible to mankind. His dream was crushed. 

So what do we do, when our dreams have been crushed? Better yet, what do we now hold on to? When things were good, it was my dream that was sustaining or energizing me to move forward. Once the hard times came and the dream was crushed, it was tough to see myself through the end of one day. Depression, discouragement and doubt would often fill my mind. Somedays, I just wanted to sleep through the day and hoped tomorrow there would be change. 

This must have been where Joseph was at. He was sleeping when he has this dream in which an angel of the Lord appears to him and says, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife", then the angel goes on to explain the virgin birth to him. Notice the first two things the angel said to Joseph. I believe these are two key things to know if we're going to revisit our crushed dreams. First the angel says, "Joseph, son of David". In other words  the angel of the Lord was reaffirming to Joseph, I see and know who you are and what you've been through. In times of our crushed dreams, we must keep our hearts ready to hear from the Lord about what He sees and knows about us. God has a way of reaffirming us in our times of defeat. The next thing the angel of the Lord says is, "don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife". Again in other words, the Lord was saying don't be afraid to revisit your initial dream. Don't let fear stop you from continuing to follow your dream, as I've had this all planned out anyhow. God sees the beginning from the end, and He is the one who places dreams on the inside of us. He already knows all the ups and downs attached to that dream. Even through the dream looked crushed to Joseph, God was reminding Joseph that the dream is still alive, but just doesn't look the same as Joseph pictured it. God had a great plan for Joseph and Mary, and that was to be the earthly parents of Christ. Isaiah 55:8-9 says "for My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways...My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." Joseph only dreamed of a beautiful wife and simple family life. He never imagined he'd be the earthly father of the Son of God. 

When you are revisiting your crushed dreams, don't let fear steal what the Lord could be trying to bless you with. You've only seen "this" much of your dream, but God has seen the bigger picture. I leave you this one finally thought, I've heard it said, "dreams are birthed in the dark." Darkness helps to see the picture better. This is not easy to swallow (even for me at this moment) but I do believe it to be truth. 

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