Several years ago, I was driving to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit ORU.
I came to one area in my journey that amazed me.
I live in Tennessee. I am surrounded by beautiful mountains. No matter where I drive, I see mountains on both sides of me. It’s wonderful and I love it. However, you can’t see very far across the land. You can only see from one mountain to the other.
That’s probably why the area I was driving though that day amazed me. The land was flat. I could see for miles and miles. I had never driven through an area like that at the time.
As I looked across this beautiful landscape I thought, “I must be close, that only looks like a few miles away.”
I couldn’t have been more wrong. Hours later I was still seeing the same scenery and was not much closer to my destination. It was taking longer than I first thought, at least from what my eyes could see.
I have thought of that drive many times. I believe it is often the same way with vision or a promise.
We see it so clearly in our heart that it feels only days away. It is more real to us than anything else we can see. We think it is just a few days away, when in reality it may be a much longer journey than we first thought.
With vision, we can often see farther than we realize. Which means it will take longer to get there. Vision is beyond our natural sight. It is often beyond our ability, at least at the moment, even though it appears so close and so very real.
If I was standing on my property in Tennessee and God said, “As far as your eye can see, it is yours.” I could look from one mountain to the other and that is what would be mine. However, if I was on flat land, as I drove through that day, and God asked me the same question. I would have much more land. My vision would be extended to a much wider range.
Sometimes our vision is close by and comes quickly. But more often than not, it is farther away than we can see with our natural vision. It’s still there. It’s still ours. It just takes a little more time to get there than we first thought.
I just walked through fifteen years of vision – I would not have thought it would take that long. But I read something the other day that gave me great peace of mind. It is from a book by Brian Johnson.
He was talking about healing, but I believe it applies to all areas of our spiritual walk. He said; “Through my experience, I came to realize that when someone is healed instantly, it often speaks of their identity as a son or daughter of God. But when healing or freedom is progressive and takes place over time, it’s often because that person is being trained for war, and when you’re trained for war, you gain authority and power in that area.” (When God Becomes Real by Brian Johnson)
I believe this is truth. I believe many of us will have to walk it out. In that walk, if we allow God to, He is training us for war. We will gain authority and power in the area we walk through. That, my friend, is good news.
Do you have a vision? Does it seem like it is taking longer than you first thought? Remember the words of God…
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak and not lie. Though it tarry, WAIT FOR IT, because it will surely come. It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3
Meditate on this:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11