“20/20 Vision in 2020”

“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2-3(KJV)

Vision is a vital part of our life. Your dreams are planted deeply within your heart. Without a vision, we are like a rock that is skipped on top of a lake. We have no way of guiding ourselves. We are at the lake’s mercy as to where we end up, as to how far we go, or as to when we turn or stop.

Without vision, we have no control over our own lives. Helen Keller was once asked, “What would be worse than being born blind?” To which she answered, “Having sight without a vision.” Vision gives you direction, creativity, and resilience. Without one, you become passive, aimless, and vulnerable to quitting.

All of us, whether we care to admit it or not, have a dream. However, along this journey of life, while hoping and waiting for our dream’s fulfillment, we will face challenges, causing us to think about giving up. Giving up on your dreams might seem like an easy way out. But we need to hold on to our dream because when we give up on it, a part of us dies.

God told the prophet, Habakkuk, that in the midst of challenges to not give up on the vision, but to write it down.

The word vision in the original Hebrew language can be translated as “dream.” This was God’s response to the prophet: to write the dream down and make it clear. Why would God want Habakkuk to write down his dream down? God instructed him to write the dream down because in the future, it would help his mind to understand and embrace what he sees. In short, he was to write it down in order for him to see the big picture.

The Apostle Paul understood this concept because in I Corinthians 13:12, we read, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then I shall I known as also I am known.”

Once you write it down, your dream will grow wings and fulfillment will surely come. When you write it down, the dream will motivate you to take action, provide a filter for other opportunities, help you overcome resistance, and, most importantly, enable you to see and celebrate your progress. Under the right conditions and the “appointed time,” God will bring your dreams to pass.

As we look ahead to 2020, what dreams or visions has God planted in your heart? Do not become distracted but endeavor to have 20/20 vision as you focus on the tremendous things God has for you. The Lord told Habakkuk, “your dream shall come to pass.” He did not say it might come to pass, or maybe, or perhaps, but it “surely” will come.

Your dream or vision will go through a time of testing. However, the purpose of testing is to strengthen your faith and reliance upon God. Think about Joseph. He maintained his faith, in spite of his setbacks. Understand that today’s “setbacks” are tremendous opportunities for “come backs.” Your dream may be tried and tested. It may not come to pass immediately, but hold onto the hand of God, for it will come to pass. Remember, obstacles will never destroy your vision, but your attitude can. Continue to look unto God for He is the author and finisher of our faith. Until then, let us continue having….

20/20 Vision in 2020!

Changing Lives for Eternity,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson