New Season, New Thoughts, New Goals: When a Christian Senses a Distant Calling
It’s a new season here in America.
Autumn, with all its beauty and invigorating temperature changes, just seems to create the perfect atmosphere for changing up what needs a little lifting.
It’s also a new season in my own life. I just got off the presidential primary campaign ride of a lifetime. Now I think it’s time for a new season in my personal life as well.
“Well, I’ve been working to help America become a better place. Now maybe it’s time to go more personal in people’s lives, to help them make life a little better… not just in some big way as in a presidential race or even politics… but up close and personal.”
Yes, it is a new season all around. I have some new thoughts I need to work on, and I have some new goals yet to be determined.
Have you ever had a time when you suspected, or knew, the Lord had a new path for your travels, yet you weren’t quite sure what that new path would look like?
Well, that’s where I have been.
I went to the Bible for some inspiration
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. -Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)
OK. I have to admit I wrote that first part of this post a few days back. Right above this paragraph and photo is where I stopped, and I just couldn’t get started again.
I knew I should be seeking the path for my “vision” of doing something good for others. That even seemed confirmed when I almost immediately found that Scripture from Habakkuk above, telling me what to do with my vision.
Write it down.
Make it plain.
Keep working on it.
The problem was, I had no idea what exact “vision” to write down even!
So I put this post “away” in my top computer drawer hoping the Lord would somehow show me that new vision for my life.
“Come on, Lord. I’ve got the basics. I get the gist of it all. I just don’t see the vision. Tell me, please, Lord. I can handle it.”
No magic words came to mind for me to write down in any plain fashion.
Today, I sat down at my computer determined the Lord would show me that vision for my life – what goals I should be working towards if I want to put my desire to help people into a different working goal.
“Is this where the patience comes in, Lord? Apparently, it seems so. I’m going to keep working on this though, if you don’t mind, Lord. I’m not giving up on thinking about what you have for me to do now in my life.”
Finally I did a google search on this exact phrase:
God will give you a vision
(Notice I was very positive in my search for the Lord’s direction there.) 🙂
Hummmm… The very first search result spoke to me immediately.
I was looking at a devotion from “My Utmost For His Highest” with the title “Visions Become Reality”.
That specific devotion was all about finding what God wants us to do with our lives…. His goals for us and how he gets us to where he wants us to be – ie The path He puts in our life travels so that He assures we will begin striving for those goals He wants us to work towards, in all effect HIS vision in OUR lives.
Well, that spoke to me for sure. I kept reading.
Patience was the first operative word I really noticed.
“Again? Awe, come on, Dear God. Are we really into this patience thing again?”
It appeared so.
If I may, let me share just one little part of that daily devotion I was hoping would help me find a clear vision for me…. today…. not tomorrow… right now!
God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of that vision. It is in the valley that so many of us give up and faint. Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience.
END OF EXCERPT
“Not today, Lord? STILL not today?”
One more paragraph down, I saw perhaps why I don’t have the exact vision yet.
Ever since God gave us the vision, He has been at work. He is getting us into the shape of the goal He has for us, and yet over and over again we try to escape from the Sculptor’s hand in an effort to batter ourselves into the shape of our own goal.
END OF EXCERPT
And then it all pretty much made sense to me when I read this excerpt at the very end of the devotional reading:
Allow the Potter to put you on His wheel and whirl you around as He desires.
Excerpts from “Visions Become Reality“, My Utmost For His Highest”.
I know there IS a vision. I can sense it so strongly! It’s just not a plain and simple vision for my life yet. Therefore, to make life goals is a little difficult.
Once that vision is plain and simple and oh-so clear in my thoughts, I’ll be able to set new goals and make life changes. I know that new season is just around the corner though… The Lord has given me at least that much as a token of His hope (in exchange for my patience).
However, as noted in the devotion above, God DOES give visions to His children sometimes yet withholds the specifics, or the full picture of a vision in its entirety, while He molds those children into more-fully-formed disciples who can fulfill the goals, or the new goals, He has to complete on this earth.
I guess, from what I can tell right now, I’ve got a glimpse of a vision. I just don’t have the full glimpse of it at a far distance down the road.
It seems perhaps the best thing right now is to just keep traveling the path the Lord has given to me today while I keep my eyes on the path He has for me to walk. Of course, while my feet are moving down the road with expectation, and even little goals along the way will help my daily walk, my eyes will be attentive to that horizon down the pathway.
With attentiveness to God’s direction, a willingness to go further in His Will, and a little patience as the Spirit molds and makes me into the person I need to be, I am confident the Lord will begin making that now seemingly-far-off vision into more-clear thoughts and more-concrete goals which can then be simply and succinctly written into stone.
All in God’s time.
In the meantime, at least I know I’m still being productive by letting the Lord whirl me around as needed.
And I’ll patiently keep my eyes open with great expectations.
Do you have a testimony of a time you could feel the Lord guiding you but yet didn’t have an explicitly clear understanding of where you were supposed to go?
If so, and you have some words of encouragement or wisdom to share with others, please feel free to write YOUR story in the comments section below.
Thank you in advance for sharing so freely with others who need a lift today.