DayBreaks for 04/30/13 – Be Thou My Vision
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Throughout history, men and women with a vision have stirred their fellow humans to undertake great adventures, make incredible sacrifices and to achieve that which had previously been considered impossible. The Israelites didn’t think they could defeat the Philistines until David showed them a different view of the world. The learned men and women of the world believed the earth was flat until someone with vision proved otherwise. And the idea of putting a man on the moon? Ridiculous! Yet it was done. Vision is critically important – we need people who “dream dreams”!
In World Magazines March 16, 2002 issue, Andree Seu wrote eloquently on the power and importance of vision – the right kind of vision:
“Before Augustine or Calvin had ever writ a word, the churches of Asia Minor, poised on the brink of persecution, passed around letters with subversive images of troubling seven-headed beasts and locusts with the sting of a scorpion. And at the epicenter, at the control tower of history, the Lamb on His throne (Rev. 4 and 5) has already won the victory.
“Were visions practical in tribulation? Were they enough? The proof is in the pudding. The Roman world was astonished as Christians walked serenely into the Colosseum, there to spill the blood that became the seed money of a heavenly revolution. They were enough.
“On the night before He died, His face set like flint toward Golgotha, do not suppose that the Lord was not sustained to the last by a powerful vision. In a rare glimpse into the Savior’s thought processes, we read: ‘Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist’ (John 13:3-4) Baffling non-sequitur? Or deep psychological truth: that a nurtured vision of heavenly reality is the substance of courage.
“For what makes me different from men who fly into buildings? Man is a profoundly visionary creature – which it is Revelation’s genius to perceive. The question is, which vision? Do ‘the things of earth look strangely dim as I gaze at His wonderful face?’ Or like Tolkein’s little hobbit, do I have little vision? In this dragon-slaying adventure, does my weary mind keep wandering back to the cozy comforts of a warm, snug hobbit hole? For I am persuaded that, whatever a man claims to subscribe to, when push comes to shove, he will go with the vision most vivid to him – whether it’s the mansion in the ‘burbs or a mansion in heaven.
“Lord, open my eyes that, like Elisha, I might behold the horses and chariots of fire on the hills. And in the swirl of seductive images that abound, Lord, be Thou my vision.”
What vision captures your imagination and fuels your passion for God and His work? Are there other “visions” that drive your actions instead of those that God would have you follow? May we all desire that the Lord should be our vision!
Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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