Monday, May 23, 2011

Vitality of Vision

"Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]--blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he."
 {Proverbs 29:18 AMP}

Having a hard time maintaining focus or lacking energy? Struggling with a lack of fulfillment or sense of worth? Spinning your wheels but not getting anywhere any time soon? Feeling like you've lost your mind? Well, perhaps you have...

...or perhaps you've just started losing your vision.

Vision is important. The bible says that without it, "people perish." Ever feel like you are dying on the inside? Or put another way, ever feel lethargic or apathetic towards life? 

Vision is a vital sign indicative of life. It brings with it an energy and exuberance that fuel us from the inside out. It is a driving force and fervor that propels us into our God-given destinies.

Another version of the bible says,

"If people can't see what God is doing,
   they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
   they are most blessed. "
 {Proverbs 29:18 MESSAGE}
 Something inside of us wants to be able to see... not only to be able to see, but to be able to see clearly. If this wasn't the case, optometrists would have been put out of practice long ago. I believe our spiritual eyes desire to see just as clearly as our natural eyes... although sometimes it can be more difficult to diagnose a spiritual-sight-deficiency. 

It's clear to see why we want to see clearly, in both the natural and the spiritual senses: if we can't see clearly, we deal with a lot of problems. When living with visual challenges, life is lived with much more strained effort and difficulty. Identifying and safely navigating around obstacles is just plain challenging. Naturally, when you can't see where you're going, you'll inevitably stumble and fall... or at the very least, bump into a few unsuspecting people and/or objects.

Other difficulties stemming from a sight deficiency include not being able to read, being unable to properly distinguish or identify people, being unable to find things, etc. And, perhaps the most painful disability related to a lack of vision, is just plain not being able to observe or witness the joys and beauty of life. 

Vision is essential to living a fully blessed life. Not the vision itself but, as the Message translation reminds us, the attending to what God reveals is what allows us to live a most blessed life.

This week, take some time to examine your vision. Do you like what you see? If not, ask God for healing; to restore your sight so that you can begin to make an intentional effort in attending to what He reveals to you. 

May you have a most blessed Monday and week ahead!

Do you feel connected to your sense of vision?
Have you asked God for vision for today? For this year? For your life?
How do you identify a lack of vision?
What can you do to make sure you maintain clear vision?

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