The Reality of the Vision


Have you been struggling? I have.

Am I in the boat alone?

In my devotion this morning I read “yesterday’s” AGAIN—before I picked up today’s lesson for me. (We’ll cover today’s on another day…maybe tomorrow.)

I use the word “lesson” because, that’s what it has been of late. Lessons. From HIM to me.

I even put off sharing this…simply because I thought—well maybe they don’t want to hear about this…(I sure didn’t). I mean, really. I thought that once I reached a certain AGE…things would be different. Challenges wouldn’t be so challenging… (Huh. Did it work for YOU?— I thought not.)

Isaiah 35:7 says, “The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water;”

Do you ever FEEL parched? Dry?

I have–even recently. I have been battling this out, calling it this…calling it that…struggling in my own mind—and then yesterday, the words from Oswald Chambers in my devotional “My Utmost for His Highest” said this:

“We always have visions before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on.”

I read and chewed. The man wrote this –no telling how long ago—but it fits the heartbeat of so many of us today!

Further down, “God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we have patience.”

I know there are many (maybe even you reading this) that has a vision or dream that you feel God has placed within your heart. Something that often seems too heavy or great to bear. A calling on your heart and life to “go” to the unknown. See the yet unseen. And to teach…perhaps the seemingly unteachable.

I don’t know what this devotion does for you today, but I say this, don’t give up on the vision He has given you. If your heart is feeling dry and parched, remember He promised the thirsty lands of your heart will become a pool…springs of living water—enough to feed the thirsty souls of others!

The “battering” it out in the valley can be discouraging…(I am there), but sister—and brother, YOU are not alone there! He is with YOU! He is with ME!

After the valley of shaping—the vision will become a reality.

Habakkuk 2:3 (New King James Version)

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.

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Photo taken from our weekend mini-retreat. Jeff, Max and me. Sunrise over Silver Lake.


17 responses to “The Reality of the Vision

  • Amy Bayliss

    oh girl…. you have no idea how bad I needed to read this today.

    thank you!

  • Leti

    Wow, Angie…I don't know if the Holy Spirit is working in “ME” or HE is working on His Body as a whole. I just read something in Sue Cramer's blog that is so the same as this…I have chills just meditating on it. Yeah, it has been really dry around here…really parched – Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus that HE is still doing a work and has not finished the good work He began in all of us. Thank you so much for sharing this. Blessing upon you. Let's dream big!

  • Karen

    AMEN! Loved the ending….

    “After the valley of shaping—the vision will become a reality.”

  • Denise

    Keep on marching my dear sis, the battle is so worth it. I love you.

  • Barbara

    Angie, this was so “just right” for me today. Waiting on the vision to come…and then the closer it gets….oh my. What a wonderful post.

    I'd love a chance to chat with you before the retreat, my email is theivypath@yahoo.com…if you have a chance.

    Thanks for this wonderful Word..today.

    be blessed

  • Faith Imagined

    Ooooh girlfriend! Did I need to hear this!!!

  • Nicole

    Thank you for this word today. It blessed my heart and so needed to hear it!

    Love in Him,
    Nicole

  • eph2810

    Oh – I so love the passage you have shared from Habakkuk. Just totally fits into my personal/professional life right now. Saturday I prayed “Lord, I want to dream big. I know you are with me in my journey — so I trust You that You will make my dream become reality”….I am dreaming big – but my God is bigger and with Him all things are possible – right šŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing those marvelous words from an awesome devotional writer — his devotions are timeless – don't you agree?

  • MiPa

    This spoke refreshment into a parched battered dreamer. Thank you for blessing me today.

  • Anonymous

    This is so apt right now for me. I love the promise of the verse- we will not stay parched and thirsty.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Until,
    Gaylene

  • Paula (SweetPea)

    Haven't been in blogland in a long time (long for me since it use to be daily). I need a break from my tideous work. I come here. Going through a valley…a couple. Feeling very dry…feeling emotionless…is that possible. REading your post but not really taking it in…something is blocking. Then, this is what spoke to me:

    “I know there are many (maybe even you reading this) that has a vision or dream that you feel God has placed within your heart. Something that often seems too heavy or great to bear. A calling on your heart and life to “go” to the unknown. See the yet unseen. And to teach…perhaps the seemingly unteachable.”

    The thing is I don't KNOW if God is the one who put this 'vision' in me. Is HE the one who's asking me to stand for a dead marriage to be raised from way below six feet under? OR, is it just my heart to have the covenant returned and the love restored that overflows my heart. I don't know. Honest to goodness, after almost 25 months I ain't got a clue, sweets. I keep going “just in case” it is from Him. (plus it is the desire of my heart).

    I guess He's not done battering most. Thankfully the battering isn't just for pain and torture but rather for me to be molded to His character.

    It's an encouragement to know others, so strong and faithful, struggle, regardless if that struggle isn't a brokenheart of a devastating loss of marriage.

    Love ya,

  • Linda

    Ah dear Angie,
    We are indeed kindred spirits. I am there…oh I am there. I've wasted this entire day doing nothing worthwhile because I feel so empty.
    Thank you for this.

  • Anita M.

    When you said “God gives us the vision and then takes us into the valley….” I was reminded of something Pastor recently said. You must have two mountains in order to have a valley. Often the valley is such a struggle. Satan wants ME to focus on the bad and forget the simple fact that we are “up” more than we are “down.” You are such a blessing. I love you!

  • Grandma Elsie

    Angie,
    What food,good spiritual food.
    Good instruction for those of us who feel we have lost our hunger for the Lord.
    Sometimes we are living out the vision the Lord gave us but like me,don't realize it.
    I felt like I was not doing enough for the Lord but your teaching has helped me to see I am living the vision God gave me . When we are following the Lord, as you said ” satan moves into our thoughts and feeds us lies ,wanting to steal from us ,that which the Lord hath birthed in us.
    Thank you so very much for being obedient and posting today.
    It has helped me see God is not trying to over load me ,but use me when & where he wants and it is enough.This way there is no burn out .
    Elsie <><

  • LisaShaw

    Absolutely well said Sis. I don't need to say any more.

    You called them lessons I call it wisdom tools. All the same. GOD is speaking to our hearts that's what matters. I love you.

  • (de)Caffeinated Mom

    Thank you for your comment on my blog. It's always nice to know that people read. I loved your blog as well. So encouraging. Thank you.

  • Denise

    Oh how he loves you and me and HE has promised that HE will NEVER leave or forsake us……….. We are human, HE is GOD……. HE is FAITHFUL………. Oh the Love of Jesus………..

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