“What do you see?"
And the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision and make it plain upon the 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
These verses are the Lord’s response to a man (Habakkuk) crying out about the violence, strife, and contention of his nation. He bemoans the “slackness of the law,” wrongful judgment, and sin of his nation and seeks to understand why the Lord has not intervened (Hab.1:3-6). When the Lord responds that he is raising up a nation that will bring His judgment, Habakkuk is even more distressed, as the vision given is of a nation that is even more unjust and cruel. (Hab.1:7-11)
Habakkuk is charged with writing the vision(what he saw coming). He was to write and make it plain (clear), so that others reading it may ‘run’. It was not just for him to see and know what was coming, but for others to learn, and make preparation or decision.
So what does it mean for us.? While I believe that only God has Chrono-vision (vision across time and space) and most of us may never have the God-given visions as did Habakkuk, we all have an internal vision. The ability to pull up a mental picture of life experienced and lived. We have the capacity to bring into vision our future desire for self and even to examine our current situations.
Close your eyes. What do you see? What do you want to see?
Write the vision and make it plain. Because what you see is not just for you.
The direction to write the vision and make it plain is not only for the great visions of global and national impact but also for our everyday life. Our lives are made of hundreds of thousands of little stories that are woven together to become our stories. The what, and why of who and where we are today is our back story. And each of our back stories may be the instruction, direction, and inspiration for someone else’s future story.
All of our stories deserve to be heard.
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