The word vision is not foreign to our everyday life experiences, it is used all the time. How often do we hear a child or young person asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ Vision then is the ability to visualize something which is not yet in place but which an individual can dream of, towards achieving a certain goal. It does not have to be something big, but it is a thought, it is the power of the imagination. The image in this post for example is a very simple concept but which serves its purpose. The globe, the Bible, and a few select books in a beautiful setting speak to those who understand this concept and perhaps to many more.
There is a god in everyone, and while we can all explain our day dreams, people generally have no ability to explain night dreams. That makes a lot of difference when vision is the topic of discussion. The world supposedly is governed by the visions and dreams of those who rule or who want to rule society, and of course those whose dreams and visions have placed them in exalted positions in the world regarding achievements. Are the visions of men tied then to an overriding vision which human beings do not understand? Find out.
Typically, a dream is associated with night time experience–of the things we see and hear and feel when we sleep, in what feels like a dreamland or a place of fantasy. A fantasy because unless there is an extraneous circumstance, such things do not become part of our everyday life. However, a dream could be just a thought. But when a thought becomes compelling in a person’s imagination such that the individual can see or envision real life results by carrying out some actions, we say he is a visionary. Our visions and dreams can become reality when we pursue them with a passion. Some of the world’s great inventions came into being by such a process.
There is a God element in every human being, whether we know it or not. The power of the human mind is as God designed it. But to whatever use we put it, we are accountable. God did not expect man on earth to be slothful, but from the very beginning wanted to help us conquer the space He created for us, and so gave us the power of the imagination and to think. He said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air…” -Genesis 1:28.
The Christian Experience
The Christian experience introduces the Holy Spirit into our relationship with God. Without the Spirit of God, a personal relationship is hardly possible. With the Holy Spirit, our dreams and visions take a different meaning, giving full body to a Godly life–a life informed by God’s Word and truth. This becomes the beginning of the new life and a new experience with God. In this new life, we do not live by just imagining what life should look like or what it can be, but by allowing God’s Word and truth to instruct and guide us in all our dealings.
Vision is a topic that seems unwise to talk about at this time, considering that people are only concerned right now with holding on to dear life. Rather, we may want to talk a little bit about what our understanding of vision should be. However, the truth is it is for the same reason that it is right to talk about vision, with or without trying to explore it in any particular context. While many among us are mourning, and weeping, and grieving and so us all because of the havoc the pandemic has caused, there is life after the pandemic.
So, like to a prayer, I urge you to hold on to that dream, that thought, and to your vision. And who knows? after the dust settles, that thought of a solution to a problem which started to take hold in your mind during the quarantine or Stay-at-home-order, may yet blossom and become a source of help and inspiration to many for sometime to come. Hold on to the vision, do not let go! PEACE AND COMFORT!