Monday, November 5, 2012

The beauty of vision


The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.
(Isaiah 35:1-2 ESV)

In today’s reading from Isaiah 35: 1-4, Isaiah has a choice to make: either see things through his natural eye, or see reality from God’s vision and perspective.
With his natural eye he saw a wilderness, a desert; people were feeling weak, disconsolate, and anxious about the future. To his natural eye, things appeared dismal.
But through the eye of faith, or when his eyes were given sight by God and he was able to see God's vision for the future, things were very different.

Where once a desert, vision sees a garden; where once a land bereft of God's presence vision sees the glory of God filling the land, bringing new life and growth.

Where once people were weak, feeble, anxious, vision sees a people empowered, strengthened by the presence and power of God.

The beauty of vision is the ability to see things not as they are but to see things as God sees.

Without faith in God's power to bring glory to himself, our vision of the future remains stagnant and weak.
I pray that everyone who reads these words will be given eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to believe that God is greater than the circumstances of life. You are not trapped, limited, or defeated.
You are God’s child. God knows the plans he has for you. God knows your future even if it is not clear to you.
Ask God to open your eyes so you can see your role, your job, your calling in new and fresh ways.
Ask God to give you a vision:
for raising your children
for your singleness
for your job
for your church
for your money
for your marriage
for your retirement
even for your suffering
What you see and what God sees are often divergent until God gives you vision.
Without vision the people throw off restraint; but happy are those who keep the law. Proverbs 29:18