“And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
“Look at that man, bloated by self-importance—
full of himself but soul-empty.
But the person in right standing before God
through loyal and steady believing
is fully alive, really alive.”
–Habakkuk 2:2-4 (MSG)
Vision is a term that gets thrown around a lot, and it can be disappointing when you’ve envisioned something that didn’t come to be. Plans fall out of place, and hopes get crushed. Yet, having vision is a source of life, essentially hope in action. Vision is expectant for things to come. The combination of vision plus action allows dreams to come to fruition. Each human being has vision lying inside them, and uniqueness to change the lives of others. There are many biblical stories that elaborate having vision.
A passage in Daniel 8 describes the hardship of vision when met with huge opposition.
Daniel 8 describes a beastly enemy of God, and how Daniel is made sick by the vision.
“And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it.”
But, in spite of being sick and appalled, Daniel does his work. Just as our seasons in life, one day can bring hope and change, and others the negativity of our world and news. Headlines can make you sick, and hearts becomes weary. Yet, as we press forward-having a goal, or plan in mind, propels our lives forward.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
“I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Can we do this? We know we can because we are deeply loved. The impossible and the unfathomable, whatever gets thrown in our paths. Our strength lies in the depth of God’s love for us.
“You are loved with “great love”—omnipotent love, omniscient love, unstoppable love, eternal love. Therefore, do not fear. Be appalled at the world, and be productive in it.”
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
“We don’t drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.”