Have you ever faced something completely impossible? What about having your life depend on your knowing what someone else dreamed? Nebuchadnezzar was determined to find someone to interpret his dream but because he couldn’t remember it anymore. He was doubly in trouble and so were his wise men who weren’t able to tell him what he had dreamed.
Daniel being one of Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men was sentenced to death for not being able to figure out what the king’s dream was. When his executioner came, he sensitively asked what had happened and if he could have some time to interpret the dream. The executioner was touched by Daniel’s wise words and allowed him to request some time. As soon as Daniel’s request was granted, he gathered his friends and together they pleaded with God to reveal the dream to them and save their lives. God answered their prayers and Daniel gratefully explained to the king the importance of his dream.
We often think the most heroic acts are those of bravery and daring boldness, people who have saved hundreds of lives by their fearless actions. Daniel saved many lives that day but it wasn’t with a sword, shield or by performing any shocking stunts–it was with his tactful words. Instead of accepting his fate he thoughtfully asked the executioner what had happened. He also thoughtfully talked to the distressed king asking for time to determine the dream. There is no limit to the effect our words can make either for good or bad. What effect will your words make today?
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” -Rumi