“Vision: 1) the faculty or state of being able to see. 2) the ability to think or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” (source: Google)
Just before I left the U.S., this word took root in my soul. I didn’t fully know why, but since I arrived here one month ago, it has continued to grow. Hungry for vision, hungry to help others get it, hungry for supernatural revelation from God…
Thursday I sat in a circle of young women from this area. They had come to practice their English. We talked about dreams; at first, they listed jobs they wanted (doctor, professor). Then we moved into discussing what kinds of people we want to be, no matter what our occupations.
Their answers were powerful and insightful. They want to help people learn new things, to be compassionate to the poor, to bring laughter to those they meet. One of the last said she planned to change the world. The girl sitting next to her interrupted: “You can’t change the whole world!”
“No,” she replied. She was searching for the words, gesturing with her hands. “But, if I change it for one person, and they change it for one person…”
Since coming to the Middle East, I’ve been praying– and asking others to pray– for vision. I tend to think in specific terms: I want vision for the Syrian refugee project, or for my English students, or for my Arab moms at the center. Yesterday, my prayer shifted, because in order to live fully in the present that I’ve been given, I hunger after promise for the future.
I asked God for a broad vision. What does He want for this place, for these people, for me and for my life? Speaking through music seems to be God’s thing for me; this song played as I threw up my questions:
My eyes have seen the glory
Of the coming Lord
And it looks like streets restored after the vicious war.
It looks like lonely souls being alone no more.
My God, You rule, and everything is new
The world is changed, never the same
The light has come bearing Your name
The dawn that’s breaking in the East
Shines upon the least of these
Soon, everything is new
— Tim Coons, “Everything is New”
I want to think and plan for the future with wisdom and imagination, as reads that definition. I want to see God’s perspective, to see people and this place through His eyes. And I want the same thing for you :).
May there be a still small voice that whispers in your ear God’s vision for your community, for your area, for you. You see brokenness around you now, but God, when He moves, makes everything new– lonely souls alone no more, streets restored. May it be so… Amen.