A Dream, a Vision or a Goal- What's the Difference?
I was in the middle of constructing a program for girls when an inner voice spoke to me saying, “These aren't just girls with a dream Monique, they’re visionaries!” You see, it's one thing to dream or to simply hope for something, because that's what a dream is- the creation of the imagination or a state of mind marked by a release from reality; but it's a whole other thing to see what's not yet in existence. According to Marriam- Webster dictionary, a vision is the power of seeing: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.
God was probing me to empower these girls to be more than merely a dreamer. And this is exactly what He wants for you and I, to not only create things by using our imagination; rather, He wants us to see what He sees so that we can live the revelation!
The word 'see' in the greek is "beten" and it relates to this idea of seeing from a hollow place; the belly, the womb or womb of the spirit. It means seeing from within. Vision then looks at seeing the intangible or the invisible to perceive the will of God for our life.
People think that vision is something that comes from the top of our head. When really, vision should be coming from within! We should be pulling out God's vision for our lives from within by using our spiritual discernment.
The Bible reminds us that we are only able to see and know in part (1 Cor 13:12). We're only shown part of the picture. But God sees and knows the details of the entire picture. This is why it's not 'a vision', but it's 'the vision' for our life.
"I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out, plans to take care of you, not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG)."
Since God has the blueprint for our lives and sees the future that we hope for, it only makes sense that we go to the Father to retrieve the vision.
Carve out some quiet time and then go ahead and ask, Lord, what is your vision for my life? Show me in detail what you want for me. Be diligent about seeking Him. Then quiet your voice and your spirit to listen. He will answer you, I promise! Everything He shows you, because more than likely it will be through visual imagery or words- write it down. This is important because the answer may not come all at once. It might come over the course of days, weeks or even months. But be patient and be diligent. It will come!
Once the vision is revealed, create tangible stepping stones- the goals and the markers for EACH area of your life. Yes, God is concerned about every detail of your life! Without knowing the terminal points for which you must direct your effort, you will never move towards your God-given vision.
Don't let this year be like past years. Align your faith and direct your effort towards your God-given vision!