“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon 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
I was shocked to learn how many people in my community had never heard of creating vision boards. As far as I was concerned it’s been the latest craze for a few years now. Maybe the craze has died down now, but vision boards have even gotten its 15 minutes of fame on Oprah as the O Dream Board. Whether it’s called a vision board, life map, or an O Dream Board, I was excited to find that the idea of writing down your vision is also divine.
Habakkuk was a prophet in the Old Testament who had been praying to God about all the evil and destruction that was going on, and he felt like God was not answering his prayers or sticking up for the righteous. It seemed as though the sinners were prevailing and were in control of the city, and he was desperately seeking answers from God. It’s much like our world today, it seems like those who lie and cheat are the ones who get ahead, while the people who are trying to live righteously are struggling. God assured Habakkuk that He knew what was going on in the city. He told Habakkuk to, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables….” “…the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:2 &4) You see, God had a plan for His people, Habakkuk just needed to have faith and continue in his purpose. Habakkuk receives God’s assurance that the just will prevail and rejoices in the Lord.
God has a vision, a gift, a purpose for each of our lives. No matter what is going on around us, no matter what other people are doing, no matter what the situation looks like, we are to look toward the vision God has given us, we are to continue to work towards living out our purpose, and in doing so we are living by faith. God told Habakkuk to write it down and make it plain! The Book of Romans Chapter 12 reminds us to renew our minds and use our faith as we work the gifts that have been given to us. Philippians tells us to have the mind of Christ. In Jeremiah Chapter 29 God tells Jeremiah that He has thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to an expected end.” And continues on in Chapter 33, God tells Jeremiah, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” You are not expected to already know what the vision is or what it is that you are supposed to be doing. God wants us to call on Him, He will give us the vision and the answers that we need, we just have to step out on faith.
God shows no respect of person, the same assurance, vision, and gifts he had for the prophets in the Bible, he also has for us. He has thoughts, vision, purpose that is specifically for you. All we have to do is seek Him and He will give us the desires of our heart. All you have to do is live by faith that He will do what He says He will do.
So we can start from where we are right now. We don’t have to be well versed in the Bible or doing everything right, all we need is a heart to want to know God and fulfill His will. There are numerous tools that can be used to begin our journey transforming our minds, writing the vision, and working the purpose that God has for us. I would like to begin to use the Vision Board and Affirmation Cards to set goals, keep God’s word at the forefront of our minds, and keep the vision visible. Proverbs 16:3 states that we should, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” So even if you have no clue as to what your purpose is or what you should be doing commit to seeking His will through the many tools that are made available and He will impart His thoughts in us. How awesome is that! God wants a relationship with you and that relationship will empower every aspect of your life.
Step out on faith with me, write it down, and create visuals for the vision.