After being on bed rest for a week and and half I was dieing for a 'Starbucks' Chai Latte so once I was finally on my feet I hit a good friend up to meet me for coffee over at the local cafe. It was a great time to catch up and reflect on the future particularly in where ministry would take me after my internship. We had had this conversation before and remembering the dreams expressed then I realized my thoughts had become less abstract and intent on self desire and instead shifted to my desire to be respectful to the dreams that others might be following.
This being said, it struck a real cord as my friend began talking about the struggle he has between the characters of Joseph and that of King David. Joseph was quick to share his dream with his brothers and in doing so was sold by them into slavery. All of which was in the control and workings of God. On the opposite end, David did not boast of God's anointing over him as king and instead remained quiet in respect to Saul. Then he posed the question, "At what point does God direct us to be submissive and quite out of respect or boastful of the dreams which he presents us?"
This question stuck with me after I left and as usual it wasn't until later that I had some thoughts.
Is the characters of Joseph and David so distant as this question seems to presuppose? Although David remained respectful to Saul's leadership, was he really so quiet about God's anointing over his life? In short the answer seems to be no!
David even challenged Saul - "After whom has the king of Israel come out? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog! After a flea! May the Lord therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.” - 1 Sam. 24:8-15. The dream he shared was clearly spoken to Saul without David holding back his tongue.
This would hardly be the first time or the last David spoke out to Saul! It does however still leave me in a bind. Where will God lead me following internship? Should my dreams and hopes for ministry be silenced to better serve the desires of the "church"? I continue to pray for answers.
And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” - Luke 19:39