…Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” (Romans 4:17)
“Is there any hope for us again?” Eliot asked her husband. They were discussing on how to pay the school fees of their two children when Eliot interrupted with that statement. She said, “As for me, I’m totally frustrated with this kind of life we are living.” Temmy answered Eliot. “Sweetheart, I know how you feel.” “But I don’t think anything is too hard for God to do.” “We must never because of our challenges question His faithfulness and power.” “That will amount to denial of our faith in Him.” Eliot nodded in a disgruntled manner.
“But something happened last night.” Temmy was telling Eliot. “It got me thinking during the night and I could not sleep again.” “I was just thinking about the time we had wonderful dreams of what our marriage will be.” “The kind of house we will live.” We envisioned a home filled with pleasantries, where our children would be offered the best in life.”
I remembered our vision to build a big automobile business that will at least be able to offer employment to nothing less than 500 people across the nation.” Can you also remember your vision of establishing a standard primary and secondary schools where lots of children will be giving quality education, not only that, but where they can be empowered for spiritual and moral excellence?” “You know we really had the heart to make a difference with our lives.” “But Eliot, do we still believe in the great vision we have?” “Don’t you think we have allowed what happened to us make our vision seems unachievable any longer?” Temmy asked his wife.
Hun! You are right Temmy. Eliot answered. She stood up from where she sat and went to the direction of their wardrobes. She opened the first one and brought out a well kept journal. She opened it, using her fingers to trace some things. Not quiet long, she gave the journal to Temmy. “Look at everything you just said, well written and kept inside a wardrobe.” Temmy responded, “I think we must accept the fault.” “We have succeeded in keeping a vision in a wardrobe and not in our hearts.” “No wonder we thought there is no hope for us again.”
Then Eliot breathed out and said, “We’ve got to change our attitude right away.” I remembered we started our lives with nothing but vision few years ago.” And it was through our vision God helped us to achieve what we achieved before the challenges suddenly began.” It was in the midst of challenges that we lost the focus of our expected future.” We began to anticipate more calamities than change we have always expected.” “But I think God is trying to make us see our fault, so that we can change our attitude.” “Yes, you are right baby.” Temmy replied. “So what do we do next?” Eliot asked in eagerness. “We are taking action right away”, said Temmy. “We must renew our vision and start to run with it again.” “I know just like the saying, when all is lost, the future still remains.” They stood up and prepared to re-order their plans.
GREAT VISION IS BORN IN CHALLENGES
A challenge gives birth to vision. Whenever you see the birth of a vision, there must be something to change and transform. It is always a moment to see what is not there. Vision deals with hope of transforming the challenge of the present. But often than none, great vision is born in the midst of challenges, not in comfort or pleasure. It is dissatisfaction and inability to accept mediocrity and status quo that gives birth to vision.
Vision is simply seeing beauty out of ugliness. It is the ability to see success when failure is present, light when darkness is all over the place, victory when defeat abound and joy when sorrow is the only experience that persist.
Vision is the vehicle of transformation and hope.
It is the force that has produced positive change so far since the beginning of human existence.
David had a vision of victorious Israel during the threats of Philistines represented by Goliath (I Samuel 17).
We saw the power of vision at work in Abraham’s life when God wanted a nation for Himself that will serve and obey Him. He called Abraham to leave his native country, relatives, and his father’s family to the land He would show him, and promised to bless him there.
When God called him, Abraham moved out in faith from Ur to Haran and finally to Canaan. God then established a covenant with Abraham, telling him that he would found a great nation. Not only would this nation be blessed, God said, but the other nations of the earth would be blessed through Abraham descendants. But this time, Abraham was still barren without a child.
Yet God had a vision that Israel, the nation that would come from Abraham, was to follow God and influence those with whom it came in contact with. Through Abraham’s generation, Jesus Christ was born to save humanity. Through Christ, people can have a personal relationship with God and be blessed beyond measure. But at the beginning was a vision to restore mankind to God.
I like to say to you. The challenges you are facing right now are there to make you and not to destroy you. It has the potentials to release into you great vision of a better tomorrow. Sometimes we can’t see greater things God wants to do through our lives in the midst of pleasure. Comfort zone is never the right place to receive great vision.