New Year, New Vision-God’s Vision
Have you ever made a vision board? I’m going to be honest, I’ve not been one to jump on this bandwagon. But earlier this year, I felt the Lord impress on my heart to write the vision down. More accurately, to create a visual representation of the dreams that He had spoken to me.
So I did it. I made a collage of words and pictures to represent the things that I knew He put in my heart. It was a healing process because life had kicked me down and I could barely do the things I needed to do daily, let alone dream or work on my dreams.
Once I could see them again, God reminded me that His word is true. He reminded me of all the dreams that had come to pass. He reminded me of all the passion I had to reach the lost and the place He put me in now was not an accident.
Here’s a snippet of that board I created. I keep it in my office and see it at least 4 times a week. I pray and ask the Lord to direct my steps. I ask Him to give me strength. I ask His for wisdom.
Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write down the special dream on stone so that one may read it in a hurry”.Habakkuk 2:2 (NLV)
Has the Lord given you a special dream? Has He put something in your heart?
Maybe the dream is dead. Maybe it feels like a rotting corpse. Lifeless. Worthless. Or so you think.
What if God wants to resurrect those dreams? What if God wants to breathe life back into those things you’ve set aside?
Maybe being a mom was harder than you thought and you laid aside your career dreams for motherhood. Maybe God gave you a vision for ministry, but life took you down a different road.
Maybe you’ve experienced a tragedy that still takes your breath away and you can’t dream because you can barely function.
Write it down.
Write down the dream. Then make it plain. Whether it’s a drawing, a collage, a photograph, or something else, make it plain. And look at it daily. And speak the dream out loud daily. Speak the vision God gave you. And put it in His hands.
You see, God is a resurrector of dreams. He is a resurrector. He brings dead things to life. He renews old things. He breathes freshness and newness into something that once was lost.
Have you read Ezekiel? I love so many parts of this book, but one of my favorite passages is in chapter 37. God takes Ezekiel to a valley of dry bones.
Death. No life. No flesh. Think about it. I imagine bones dry and ready to crumble into dust with just one touch. I imagine Ezekiel looking out in awe at the vastness of it. And God asks, CAN THESE DRY BONES LIVE?
What would you say? How would you answer the God of the universe?
Um, no they can’t. They are about to crumble into dust Lord and be blown away.
Maybe that’s just me.
But Ezekiel responds with this, I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
God alone knows whether or not your dreams can come to life. God alone knows the time and the place for the vision He placed in your heart. God alone.
But if you aren’t willing to write it down, make it plain, and speak it out loud. To God. To put it in His hands. You’ll never know how God wants to resurrect your valley of dry bones. You’ll never know what happens next.
Because when Ezekiel tells the Lord again that only God knows if the dry bones will live, the Lord tells him to prophesy over the bones.
It’s a powerful passage. Because as Ezekiel is obedient to the word God speaks to him and as he speaks God’s word over the bones he watches as the bones are brought to life. They are covered in muscles, tendons, and flesh, and then GOD BREATHES LIFE INTO THEM.
It’s a new year. God is doing something new. So prophesy to those dry bones. And see what God will do with them.
It’s a new year, it’s time for a new vision.