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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vision, discovering God's perspective

by Nelson Roth
For several years, I have had ‘floaters’ in my left eye.  Floaters are small deposits that form in the back of the eye and cast shadows on the retina.  They hinder vision as they appear as small black flicks, spider web like lines, and dark shapes.  Most of the time they go unnoticed, but when they drift through my field of sight - they do affect my vision.  

I go to a great optometrist who checks them out each year.  Experiencing these floaters has caused me to appreciate my vision so much more.  This experience has also caused me to think about the importance of spiritual vision and its relation to God and His plans in my life.  

How am I able to see clearly the plans that God has in mind?

Let’s consider what others have said spiritual vision is. John Maxwell says that vision is the ability to see (awareness), the faith to believe (attitude), and the courage to do (action).  George Barna says that vision for ministry is a reflection of what God wants to accomplish through you to build His kingdom.  Will Mancini says the discovery process of finding vision asks the question - Where is God taking us?

Our physical sight, or vision, is probably the most important sense that we have.  But, no matter how wonderful it is - our physical sight can only see physical reality.  Spiritual vision, the topic that we will be considering for the next few weeks, is perceiving spiritual reality.

Spiritual vision involves the plans that God has for each of us.  Vision is about where we are going and what it's going to look like when we get there.  Our physical reality or the experiences happening in our life, like the “floaters”,  can hinder us from seeing God’s plans.

Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

So spiritual vision is discovered, it comes from God.  It’s about what God is doing, figuring that out and joining Him.

What do you believe God is calling you to do?  What is in the way or what is blocking you from figuring out what God is doing?  Spiritual vision can be hindered by the busyness in our lives.

Imagine a gallon jar of water filled with mud and other sediment in front of you.  What happens when you swirl it around?  Can you see through the jar?  What would happen if you would set the jar down for a day or two?  Letting the “floaters” that get in the way settle to the bottom takes both time and slowing down.  Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

How quick are you to fix the problem or put a plan together before consulting with God?  When Nehemiah heard about the need in Jerusalem for rebuilding, he wept.  The need stirred and troubled him.  His concern moved him to prayer before making any plans or assuming what needed to be done.  Actually in his case he prayed for over a hundred days seeking God’s perspective.

Thinking spiritual vision through:
  1. It comes from God, we join Him in what He is doing.
  2. It can be hindered by the swirl of busyness in our lives.
  3. It is discovered in the time we take seeking God’s perspective.
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  1. His ways are definately not mine. Cause what I consider to be a hyndarance, He considers a blessing and what I think is a Blessing, He considers a hyndarance. Thank God for the Holy Spirit : )

  2. I liked your blog. I can identify - I've had floaters also.

  3. Sometimes it is hard to discern the spiritual path that is in God's plan. I do believe "attitude" and "awareness" plays an important part in being able to see the spiritual plan in our lives. Too many distractions (floaters)and interruptions can interfere in staying focused in our journey with fulfilling God plan for us.

  4. Brother Nelson and you both know..I too suffer from floaters....both physically and spirtualy...but with God and friends like you I am learning to see past the interruptions and focus on His plan for me.



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