Here is the blog that should’ve gone up last week on Friday when we had our “guest” blogger week. This is from my 12 year old daughter, Alex. This is all her….I love her!
Before I go and put my “I heart Jesus” shirt on, I’d like to introduce myself. Hello, I’m Alex Hofer, daughter of the youth pastor, Mike. I am 12 years old and turning 13 on the 25th of March.
Okay, now that all of that is out of the way let’s talk about the Daydreamer. In my opinion a daydreamer is someone that is out of the ordinary and someone who often well…dreams. A person who dreams and tells people what they dream about. I consider myself a daydreamer but you know who else was one as well? Joseph.
The story goes like this. Joseph was the favorite son of Israel. One day Joseph was helping out in the fields with the sheep. Joseph brought his father a bad report about his half brothers. The story says that Israel loves Joseph more than any of his sons because he was born in Israel’s old age. Israel made an ornate robe for him to show his love but when his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than them they weren’t very happy. Actually, they hated him and wouldn’t talk to him. One day Joseph had a dream and when he told his brothers they hated him even more. The NIV (New International Version) states “He said to them, Listen to this dream I had; we were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” They hated him all the more because of his dream and what he said. Joseph had another dream but it was the sun, the moon and the stars bowing to him.
In the rest of the story Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him so they threw him in a hole and stripped him of his robe. They ended up selling him and ribbed up his robe and told their father to examine it to see if it was Joseph’s robe. When it was discovered that it was Joseph’s robe he said he would mourn until he joined his son in the grave. Later on Joesph became second in command in all of Egypt and his brothers had to buy grain from him making his dreams come true.
When God gave Joseph the dream he was just a 17 year old. He was patient the entire time. He was hated and almost killed. He went through so much his entire life waiting for his dream to have meaning. He had been through so much and still he waited and his dreams came true.
The way this story speaks to me is probably how every one my age sees it, “follow your dreams no matter how crazy they are and God will help you along the way no matter the up and downs”. Just like Joseph waited for his dreams to have meaning his entire life.
I also get from this “don’t let people bring you down”. Like in the story, Joseph’s entire family thought he was crazy and sold him and pretended he was but he still hung on and became the second command of all of Egypt.
Just hang on to those dreams that you have and continue to believe that they will come true. Don’t let anyone hold you back and know that God only wants the best for you and will help you fulfill any dream that you may have.