Casting Vision

Read: Exodus 3:1-10 and Acts 16:6-10

Soon after Disney World in Florida was completed someone said, “Isn’t it too bad that Walt Disney didn’t live to see this?” Upon hearing that, Mike Vance, the creative director of Disney Studios replied, “He did see it, that’s why it is here.” The importance of vision can never be underestimated.

In the pages of scripture we are also reminded of the importance of vision. God’s vision revealed to His people (God’s Story is My Story). In Exodus 3 Moses receives his call and the vision of the promised land for God’s people. In Acts 16 Paul receives another vision to carry the Gospel message to those in Macedonia. Both servants eventually responded to the vision they saw.

I believe that God continues to give each of us certain visions of what His future plan for our lives and our world is, but if they are not cast out and made known they have little chance of fulfilling their purpose. It would be like a fisherman sitting on the side of the lake refusing to cast out his line. No fish will be caught without that action.

In his book, First Things First, author Stephen Covey writes about Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychologist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. Frankl made a startling discovery about why some survived the horrible conditions and some did not.

“He looked at several factors – health, vitality, family structure, intelligence, survival skills. Finally he concluded that none of these factors was primarily responsible. The single most significant factor, he realized, was a sense of future vision – the impelling conviction of those who were to survive is that they had a mission to perform, some important work left to do.

Surely that is what drove Moses and Paul to fulfill God’s call and vision upon their lives. Many lives were saved both physically and undoubtedly spiritually. Those same visions are alive in us today (God’s Story is My Story). As God’s people we continue to receive visions of how to reach the lost and needy people in our world. We continue to receive visions for what direction to go with our lives.

Don’t keep them to yourselves! Share them, cast them out, and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Walt Disney may have never seen the fulfillment of what Disney World became in Florida and we may never see the fulfillment of a vision that the Lord has placed upon our lives, but that’s no reason not to cast it and see what Jesus will do.

Make it personal: What vision has God given to you? If you can’t name one perhaps you should pray and ask for it. The Lord has placed all of us here on this earth for a purpose and once he reveals that to us it’s time to start casting the line and seeing what his future plan is all about.

Have a wonderful week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church