Genesis 37:2–11, Luke 2:13–19, Luke 2:41–51
Joseph’s dreams were a problem. That the figures in the dreams were readily identified by the participants tells us that the visions were easy to understand, Joseph explained the visions for them, or God also gave Joseph’s brothers and father the ability to understand them.
Even assuming Joseph was indeed a spoiled brat, scripture does not say he explained his dreams. In fact, if we cheat and look ahead, the dreams all need to be interpreted. While Joseph is indeed the interpreter later, he does not seem to be now. That is open to discussion, of course.
The real matter of interest is that Israel “kept the matter in mind.” While Israel could (and possibly should) have chided his son, regardless, he kept all these dreams in mind. Parents have a tendency to keep some of the strangest (or surprising) words and actions of their children in mind, or what people say about them.
Take Mary, for another example. There was no question her son, Jesus, was the target of much interest. She heard wonderful and amazing things about her son. Her son said some interesting things to her. Regardless of how unsettling they might have been, she kept them in her heart.
What is it about these parents that kept these particular events so strongly in their memories? Perhaps it was the whisper of the Holy Spirit saying, “watch this.” Perhaps it is that part of us–the Imago Dei—that resonates with the movement of God.
1) We read scripture, often passing over seemingly inconsequential things. Do you think that there have been opportunities to “resonate” with God’s movement that you have missed or ignored?
2) If God were to have a memento book of you, what things do you think God would “keep in his heart?” What do you want God to “keep in his heart?”
3) Often things that are the most unsettling, can be the most transformative. Is there something unsettling in your life that you need to allow to transform you?