Habakkuk 2:1 – I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.
Any successful endeavor requires a vision. Vision is the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. For our Spiritual pursuits it is the art of seeing things that are invisible. It is a clear mental image of a preferable future, imparted by God to His chosen servants and is based upon an accurate understanding of God, self, and circumstance. We need to have visions that are worthy of the “King of kings and Lord of lords”; visions that will help us manifest the spiritual answer to our prayers in the physical realm.
The Lord guided and prodded Joseph to reach his destination through dreams. He went through a lot of trouble at the hands of his brothers and later at Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt but God made him victorious in the end.
God will also show us our destination but we will have to prepare to endure all that comes against us. There is going to be a time span between the conception of the dream and the actual manifestation. We may think that we do not get dreams like Joseph did but the good news is that through the Holy Scriptures we can make a dream for ourselves.
Habakkuk 2:2-4 – Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
Our vision should give purpose and add meaning to our life. Our vision will help us have a sense of direction and fulfilment as we work our way to your dreams. When we put ourselves in advance to the future, we will be energized by our dreams. In spite of hardships, we will possess joy, peace and hope as we press towards our goal. Our vision will help us endure and sacrifice to make our dream come true. Great achievements are born out of great sacrifice. Note that a true vision cannot be self-serving or self-centered.
Fifteen years ago, I did not willingly come for the retreat but I was brought in by a well wisher. My situation was extremely bad. I was in depression. I did not even remember my own name. I could not recognise my wife or children; I was a person who had lost his mind. When I was brought in that situation there was no future for me.
As I was listening to the Word of God I began to realise that whatever the priest spoke touched me. I realised that I had lived a very sinful life and a change was needed. When I made that decision to change I received the mercy and grace of God and for the next nine days I was asked to come and listen to the Word of God and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Before the end of the ninth day my memory was restored. I still did not change my lifestyle but I was a new creation.