02 January 2013

Do You See What I See?

2012 was a fantastic year for me.  There are many sweet memories I will cherish the rest of my life.  The Lord revealed Himself in a number of news ways that I both treasure and have the joy of accessing any time.  Yes, there were some obstacles along the way, but those serve only to build the muscle necessary to get to the next ridge on this mountain. Daily I am reminded that He alone makes my feet like hinds' feet.  Coming into 2013 is like reaching that next ledge and turning around to envision new beauty that could not have been seen a few steps below.  

Vision is a wonderful thing and visionaries are fascinating people.  They have an ability to envision what no one else can see.  They can take hold of a thing others can't grasp.  What makes perfect sense to them, someone else won't understand. They can never get high enough or far enough to see enough. There is always more. More to see, more to do, more to be. Like a painter with a blank canvas, or a writer with a new journal, a visionary is like a pioneer on a new adventure into the vast unknown.  Hearts race, eyes widen, and hands tremble, not from fear, but from anticipation.  They can see what lies ahead when it hasn't yet come into being, while at the same time having no clue what it's going to look like.  An oxymoron? Yes, but true nonetheless. A giant shrimp is indeed a giant shrimp!

Are you a visionary?  God is.  He sees you from before time began.  He knit you together in such a way that He refers to you as His masterpiece.  He even prepared adventures specifically for you, before you were created.  Perhaps it's time to imitate Him and get His perspective on you.  I dare you to become a visionary, to behold His vision, and to step into adventure.

Are you Gideon in the wine-press with a desire to deliver a nation?  Are you Joseph in chains with a dream of authority with a purpose?  Maybe you are David playing your harp with anointing to bring rest from the taunting of the enemy?  Could you be Deborah - a wife ordained to lead a nation?  Or Mary yielded in holy abandon to carry the salvation of the world? Perhaps like Mary Magdalene you long that the fragrance of your worship might reveal the depth of forgiveness that is available to all.

What if Smith Wigglesworth failed to see what God saw in him? How many people would have had their lives cut short because of sickness, disease and sin? What of Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman and John G. Lake?  What of Billy Graham, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer?  What of David Hogan, Heidi Baker, Michele Perry, Bill Johnson, Randy Clark, Dan Mohler, and Todd White?  Names you know and names you don't, people that became visionaries by beholding the vision of the Lord for their own lives.  Without them love would be stifled and grace could not abound.

I encourage you to pick up that dream that's been lying in yesterday's rubble.  Dust it off.  Shine it up and take another look at it.  Let the Spirit of God breathe life into what was left for dead amid the heartaches of days gone by.  Behold His vision, once again, as it beats with the very life of God Himself.

His mercies are new every morning.  Everyday we have a fresh start.  Why not take this opportunity to start a new year, a new era of life, with the adventures of the supreme visionary? Truly, God knew you before He formed you in your mother's womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, on purpose, with purpose.  You've climbed this high, now turn around and see the beauty that was not visible yesterday.  Let the splendor of the King engulf all of your senses and be swept away into the beauty of His holiness.  There, you will discover the visionary Who is in you and who is you.

- With His heart, Happy New Year!

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