Have you ever had a vision given to you by God? It can be exciting.
A vision is an experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, supernaturally. Synonyms include apparition, hallucination, illusion, mirage, spector, or phantom.
God has given you a dream, and with it, His reassurance that it will come about. Sometimes, He allows us to see where we are headed, even when it may seem impossible, certainly improbable. And it doesn’t matter what the dream or vision is.
A new career, a move to a new location, or starting a family could be what you see. How thrilling it is to have a vision, particularly if God has given you a definite promise regarding it—which means you can have no doubt that it is going to happen.
One of the problems of being human is that we quickly see the problems that might arise. Do we have the physical stamina to get through all the work that will be necessary? How are we going to have enough money?
Most dreams these days cost buckets of money. These are only two of the questions that might arise. Sometimes, a vision may even be a bit distracting when we think on its fulfillment so much that we lose concentration in the here and now.
There is a lesson to be learned while we wait.
As I thought about the process of arriving at an apparent vision, I was reminded of another person who was given a vision by God. We read his story in the Bible starting in Genesis.
In the twelfth chapter, Abram is given a vision from God. One that in human terms seemed impossible.
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:” Genesis 12:2
Abraham’s wife Sarah is well beyond childbearing age when God restates that He has not changed the vision.
“And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.” Genesis 18:10
So, what do we all need to remember about this story? What is important is that we keep our faith in God. You might recall that Sarah lost hers. She couldn’t see how He was going to be able to make that vision a reality.
As a result, she jumped ahead of God. She talked her husband into doing something himself to make it all a reality. Unfortunately, we are seeing so much strife in the world today because of that one act of faithlessness.
It isn’t a stretch to imagine doing the same thing in regard to our own dreams and visions. Sometimes, like Sarah, we cannot see how God will bring about the vision He’s given. So, we start thinking about how to make it happen.
Are you tempted to take things into your own hands? I know that I so often am. Can you keep faith in God, regarding your dreams? No matter how long they take to come to fruition?
What vision has God given you that you’re waiting on?
How long have you been waiting?