The end of the year is one of my favorite times of the year. Besides celebrating a baby boy that changed the world! I get to celebrate the things that went well this year and dream about a brand new year!
I’m all about dreaming, planning and goal setting. I spend weeks analyzing the past year, praying for the new year, and then actively creating goals and action steps so that I can accomplish what God places on my heart.
However, before pen hits paper it starts with a vision.
This past summer during the Olympics I heard a story that inspired and encouraged me. The Olympics have a way of telling stories. Stories of athletes accomplishing incredible feats, stories of blood, sweat and tears in order to accomplish BIG goals. Stories that inspire!
I didn’t even know what long-jumping was until I heard a story about Lex Gillette. Lex became blind at the age of 8, yet he has accomplished more than many of us accomplish in a lifetime. Competing at the Summer Olympics in the long-jumping competition his story inspired me. Besides the fact that he is blind and jumps well over 20 feet to hopefully land on a patch of sand. It was his life’s motto, “You don’t need sight when you have vision”
When I first heard this statement, I immediately thought of God’s word in which He reminds us that we must walk by faith and not by sight (2nd Corinthians 5:7).
I consider myself to be a highly vision oriented and driven person. I must have vision for almost every area of my life, God given vision, and in seasons that feel dry, I seek God fervently for fresh vision. However, at times I want what I see in the natural to match the vision God gives me.
This is not what walking by faith means, most of the time we won’t be able to see the big picture, everything in the natural screams the opposite of the vision we have.
For Lex Gillette in the natural he shouldn’t be able to to accomplish what he has accomplished, however he has a vision of what he wants to do and with the help of his faithful guide, he has set out to set world records.
We too have a guide, Holy Spirit. He helps us navigate the waters between the natural and the supernatural. Helping us stay focused on the bigger picture, where we are going instead of where we are at.
Take the story of Peter walking on water towards Jesus. It is one of my favorite stories! Jesus beckons Peter to step out of the boat and walk towards him. Peter nervously yet passionately steps out, he begins by walking on water. A completely supernatural feat, however he looks down and sees the waves, he sees with his natural eyes that the very action he is doing, is by no means natural and begins to sink.
The vision was standing in front of him, Jesus. His sight disappointed him when he began looking at the waves overtaking him instead of Jesus beckoning him.
“You don’t need sight when you have vision” what a beautiful reminder that with God vision we don’t need to rely on our sight at all, and we can truly accomplish all things!
Let me be reminded of this when I begin focusing on every limitation around me.
Let me be reminded of this when I feel insecure.
Let me be reminded of this when the enemy is whispering in my ear that I can’t do it.
Let me be reminded of this when I want to stare at the waves instead of Jesus.
Father, thank you for vision. Thank you for impossible dreams made possible by faith and not by sight!