Day Two: The Gift of Vision


The Gift of Vision

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets; that he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)

Another translation of this verse says it this way: “Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others.”(The Message)

This verse makes it very plain that God has a vision, not just for the Body of Christ, but also for you and me.  If this verse is not proof enough to persuade you, here’s another one that is more specific in meaning: “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.” (Jer. 29:11) If there has ever been any doubt in your mind as to whether or not God has a plan for your life, you can banish that doubt now.

God gave Mary a vision – she was to be the mother of the Savior of the world. Put yourself in her place. Just imagine how she felt. Awestruck? Afraid? Nervous?  Can you see this young teenager in your mind? What would you do if an angel of the Lord appeared before you to give you God’s vision and plans for you? Would you agree? Or would you look around the room to see who the angel was speaking to because, surely, it’s not you. But it is you. You are the only one in the room. He loves you enough to want only the best for you.

 When Mary questioned the angel who brought the news, she was not doubting—just curious. “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” (Luke 1:34). The angel explained to Mary that it would be by the Holy Spirit and went on to say, “For with God, nothing is impossible.” (vs. 37). Mary accepted God’s vision for herself: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be done unto me according to your word.” (vs. 38) She never doubted, never questioned whether or not the angel had visited the right person. She believed and moved forward in the vision.

God gave Jesus a vision. He was to be the Savior of the world. He was to live on earth as God-made-man for 33 years, die on a cross for the sins of the world and rise again in three days. Jesus didn’t balk, protest or do anything that would have indicated a lack of obedience. He went willingly into cities and countries preaching the gospel of Christ. He went willingly to Gethsemane. He went willingly to Golgotha and He went willingly to the grave. But God’s vision for Jesus did not end at the grave. Three days later, the vision continued as Jesus rose from the grave, triumphing over death, and the vision was completed as Jesus ascended into heaven.

God has a vision for YOU.  If He has shown you that vision, be obedient and walk in it. If He has not shown you the plans He has for you, ask Him to share it with you. In His time, He will show you His vision and it will be better than anything you could ever ask for or think.


Abba Father, thank You for the vision – the plan – that You had for Mary and for Jesus. Thank You for the vision You have for each one of us. I pray that You will give us courage and help us to walk boldly in that vision with confidence in You and Your plan for our lives. Amen!





Different Celebrations for Thanksgiving Day

Unless you live on a deserted island in the middle of no where, you know that today is Thanksgiving Day. A national holiday set aside to give thanks for all of the blessings given to us this past year, and even previous years. But who do we, as a nation of many different nationalities, different religions, different beliefs, give thanks to? As Christians, we acknowledge that the only true God is the one who gives all things. As the Doxology, which many of us sing every Sunday, says, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” (emphasis mine), we know that everything on this earth is created by Him and belongs to Him.

In researching for this blog, I found that most American Jews do celebrate Thanksgiving. But they give thanks every day. Every single day the first thing the Jewish people say upon awakening are “I give thanks before you, eternal King, for having restored to me my soul.” Every single day there are one hundred blessings they recite, one hundred times to say thank you. One hundred times they emphasize not what they are missing but are grateful for what they have. Imagine…what if we adopted their “thankfulness policy?” How different would our lives be if we made a point to give thanks and praise to God 100 times a day–every day? Selah.

There is great debate among Muslims as to whether or not American Muslims are allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving. The saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” is most applicable here. American Muslims observe Thanksgiving Day as a time to get together with friends and family, share a meal and have fun. There are a number of restrictions to their celebration , foremost being they must acknowledge and give thanks to their god, Allah.

Wherever you are and however you celebrate, my prayer for you is that you will be with friends and family, that you will enjoy a delicious meal of your family’s traditions, whether it’s turkey and all the trimmings, or an Italian feast, and that you will, indeed, give thanks!

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Does your family have traditions surrounding the holiday? Feel free to share below!