// Lover of the wounded heart. You defend the poor and the forgotten. You are faithful, God. //

Faithful: Chris Tomlin

Jesus wants to heal what the enemy tried to kill.

Welcome, Chasers!!

This is timely. You have someone fighting for you. You have someone fighting against you. Your hopes and dreams waging war. In our post Before It Happens, we know that God inspires us to dream. Even if that means we have to keep it a secret until it’s ready to be released. Then in Nightmares, we learned that this dream is going to cost you something. But He is there to easy those blows life can throw at you. So what now? We’re stuck.

First I want to tell a story. I worked my shift at the hospital last night. In it, we had a scheduled fire drill. Some were expecting it. Some were dreading it. Some had no idea. Some put previous expectations on what had happened in the past dictate how this drill would play out.

The drill started before the allotted time. Some scrambled to complete the checklist. Some stepped in. I got to pull the alarm. My expectation and reality collided. I had always thought pulling the alarm would be this great feat. Like slaying a dragon or graduating. Two complete opposites but both give a sense of accomplishment.

Let me tell you! It was a letdown. I pulled the alarm. Expecting alarms to buzz or someone to pop out with a giant check saying congratulations. Nothing. I waited and then the stupid alarm sounded. We sprung into action. People showed up from other floors. It actually caught us off guard of who all showed up. Then life went back to normal and people returned. There are quite a few points that need to be made.

Lessons to learns.

Have a plan.

When I arrived I asked my charge nurse what this information was. She had said, ”oh we have a drill tonight.” So I sat down and read the plan. It took not but a minute. I asked questions. I took initiative.

“Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Work it out

By the time it was ready to set the alarm. We had dispersed. Some in rooms. Some on break. Some at the nurses’ station. We rolled with the punches. The determination to pull that alarm was mine. I set my eyes on it. We could have quit and thrown our hands in the air. But instead, we worked with what we had staff-wise to carry out our full floor fire drill.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Release your expectations.

We thought the drill would be simple. Probably nothing at all. But it turned into a true fire drill practice. Test. Questions. We had to let go of how we thought it was going to happen and embrace the new. In the end, we got through it. Pulling the alarm wasn’t as exciting as I thought. But I can officially say I’ve pulled the fire alarm. The taboo of when you’re growing up and told never to pull it unless it was an emergency. My dream I never knew I wanted became a reality.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

What does this have to do with Joseph and his following his path to dreaming with God? Joseph had to write his dream down. He was reminded of it. Through his father. Through his brothers. Even in the midst of the pit, he was reminded. Yet, he was not forsaken.

Genesis 40, was the redemption story. Two fellow prisoners were held captive to things of their occupation. Joseph to this point had rolled with the punches. Now that his dream seemed lost. God now released a new pathway to Joseph’s freedom. Being a helping hand to these workers interpreting their dreams. Joseph had overcome himself.

Helping introduce others to the one who sets the captives free, helps you embrace the freedom you received. So in Genesis 41, he was remembered by the wine bearer and Pharaoh called upon Joseph to use his giftings and talents. God was with Joseph!

The pharaoh then promoted Joseph to ruler over much of Egypt. From the put to the palace, Joseph’s dream was finally coming true. There is a whole lot more in between the lines. But you got to get this. Joseph’s expectation of how God’s dream was supposed to happen changed. The reality was Joseph had to go through a process of transformation and growth to be able to embrace his new role without the weight of pride or arrogance. Joseph was humbled.

Now, you may also have a dream. You may very well be in the pit of your dream season. Keep pressing on! Don’t give up.

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Join us next week as we conclude this series on dreams. You won’t want to miss this. It’ll be the family reunion you probably always have at Thanksgiving. I

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