I recall going to Washington, DC in eighth grade with one of these cameras. I was standing in front of Abe Lincoln’s statue at the Lincoln Memorial. I remember being nervous with excitement as I took that photo. The picture came out a bit blurry as a result. Over the years the picture has faded and became darker…. much more difficult to see.
Has God given you a vision for your life, family, church, community, or job? Can you see what it is He wants you to become or do? I think we become frustrated (at least I know I do) when we can see what He wants yet we are having to wait for the picture to develop.
We live in a world where everything is instant. We take our phones and other digital gadgets and snap the picture and immediately look to see how well it turned out and immediately show others how great the shot is then immediately post it on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for the world to see.
I see “vision” kind of like the development of a Polaroid picture. I look through the lens and see the future and press the red button to capture the vision. The film comes out and over time the vision becomes reality. It slowly develops into the vision I saw before I committed to it. If you have ever owned one of these cameras you know that after some time the quality of the photo losses its luster… especially if it is not protected. Just like with any vision we must protect what God has given.
One of the well-known promises in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV).
It’s God’s vision. Often-times we go through life and forget He has it all planned. He has given us the Bible to help guide us in this life. To encourage us when things are dark and without hope. He gives us the Bible to build us up to encourage others who are in need. Whatever the vision God has given you protect it, cultivate it, and share it with others. Keep it before God… after-all it is His vision. And when the days are long and you seem to think the vision will never come to pass, remember to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and He will give you these things. (Matthew 6:33).
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NIV)