Every 24 hours, Abram would see the stars and think of the moment the invisible God showed him the visible of what was invisible to come.
And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time. “Look at that man, bloated by self-importance— full of himself but soul-empty. But the person in right standing before God through loyal and steady believing is fully alive, really alive. Habakkuk 2:2-5 The Message
Unless we see, we can not know. God gives us vision beyond our natural sight. He allows us to see the invisible and then ask us to place our trust in Him, an invisible God. It is a walk of faith. The invisible God takes your faith and makes the invisible visible.
The Holy Spirit is the activator for vision. (Acts 2:17) He is the architect of the invisible future who implants in our hearts and minds what could be. Seeing the invisible is one of the most powerful thing provided to a believer. You can see it, feel it, and smell it yet, can’t physically experience it.
When God wanted to show Abram a vision, He took him outside of the confines of his tent. (Genesis 15) He couldn’t show him anything but skin and wooden stakes in the tent. God had to use something in the natural to move Abram’s faith. He needed something visible to show Abram the invisible. He showed him the stars.
Today, there is a push toward vision boards. Vision boards are visuals made up of printed or digital pictures, magazines cut outs, and the like. God created a vision board thousands of years ago. When God placed the stars in the sky, He had to think about the day He would show Abram his legacy. Every 24 hours, Abram would see the stars and think of the moment the invisible God showed him the visible of what was invisible to come.
In my office beside my computer monitor sits a picture of Southlake Mall in Morrow, Georgia. The name of the mall has been digitally replaced by the name of the church I pastor, Living Waters. The day Karen and I came to Atlanta for a day visit in 2006 before we moved here, God brought us to an intersection and said in our Spirits this was the place. The intersection is at Southlake Mall.
Whenever I sit at my desk, I see where we are going. In the good and the bad, I am reminded I am seeing the future of Living Waters International Church. I may never see it in the physical but I believe the God I serve and trust will bring it to past for His glory.
Years ago, I watched a 60 Minutes story one Sunday night of a medical ship which docks at ports along Western African nations. It is literally a floating hospital to nations with limited to no healthcare. The whole time I thought about my then secretary and spiritual daughter, Gaelle, a native from Togo, West Africa.
The next day, I shared with her the story. Since then, she has kept a picture of the Mercy Ship on your Facebook’s page header. She has always kept the vision before her. She just graduated with a nursing degree and she is planning to go to Togo soon to serve as a short-term missionary on the Mercy Ship.
What is the vision God has given you? What has God placed in your heart? Write it down. Grab a picture. Put it in front of you. Read it every day. Put it on your mirror. Place it as a wallpaper on your computer or phone. Whatever it take, don’t forget the vision. Run with the vision and let faith be your fuel to keep going until you see it.