Genesis 37:9-10 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”
Some people over share. Have you ever sat and talked to someone who told you too much? I mean, I feel bad that you are sick and all, but I really don’t need to now the consistency of your vomit or how many trips to the bathroom you made. TMI. That is all highly personal information that I don’t care to know. Or what about over sharing the details of a story: I ran into this guy the other day. He was just getting out of his truck – it was a Ford. Back when I was in high school my best friend drove a Ford pickup truck and his dog used to ride in the back. His dog had come from a shelter that rescued strays from abusive homes. So this dog used to…. and on and on and on… What was the point of the story again? Were you telling me about a guy you met?
Over sharing can drive people crazy. But can you over share the things that God is telling you? According to Joseph’s story, the answer is yes. He was having some crazy dreams about hay and stars bowing down to him. Now keep in mind that he was spending all his time with sheep in the fields, so dreams about hay and stars don’t seem that out of the ordinary. He starts talking to his brothers and his dad about these dreams and it didn’t go over well. “So, we are going to bow down to you, huh? We’ll see about that you little punk.” And they sold him into slavery.
Now Joseph’s story worked out and they ended up bowing down to him many years later. But I wonder if maybe he should’ve been a little more discreet with his dreamy details. Would things have gone different for Joseph if he would have kept his mouth shut? We see a young lady in the book of Luke who is told that her son is the Messiah. Her response was to treasure these words and ponder them in her heart. I think that young Joseph could have pondered some things in his heart instead of blabbing to this brothers.
God speaks to us, too. I wonder sometimes if we know how to handle what He tells us. Like Joseph, we feel like we HAVE TO tell everyone. What if God showed you something that He wanted you to treasure? What if it was something for you to ponder in your heart? We can’t automatically assume that when God speaks to us, that it is for everyone else’s ears. It may just be for ours. He may be depositing something in us that we are to hold on to.
*When God speaks, ask Him what you are supposed to do with the information. Are you really supposed to share it or should you just treasure it?