Three and one half minutes caught the attention of the world. The memorable rendezvous was January 21, 2009. It was the day that, out of obscurity, Susan Boyle, with her Celtic twang, encumbered by learning difficulties and shyness, stepped onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent in Glasgow. She literally shocked the panel, and mocking crowd, when she started to sing eight words, “I dreamed a dream in time gone by….” One of the judges gave her the biggest yes ever awarded in three years of the contest. She captured and then liberated the hearts of millions. There have been more than three hundred million hits on the YouTube video incarcerating those short moments. Susan’s “I Dreamed a Dream” holds the global record for the most preordered albums of all time. She defied preconceptions, probabilities, and set the stage for anyone and everyone with a dream. Susan brings modern meaning to the ancient proverb, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16).
Susan Boyle knows little about dreaming a dream compared to the patriarch, Joseph. You remember, Joseph, right? The dreamer. Through him God taught us all a tremendous timely truth: A God-given dream placed in a dedicated heart is destined to come to pass. Dreams don’t die in darkness, that’s where they are developed, their fulfillment will certainly come to light.