BY REV. DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
“The word of the Lord came to me say, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree (Jeremiah 1:11).”
God communicates with us in various ways. Sometimes it’s in words, and other times it may be through pictures. A vision is a big picture. It is razor sharp and cuts through the images of lack, limitation, or impossibility. A vision shows you what God can do with, thru, and as you.
As a visionary, God may call you to gather other people together who connect with the vision and have a piece of the puzzle. “Without a vision, the people perish (Proverbs 28:19).” A vision keeps you alive and moving in the direction of your good and your Divine purpose.
“Write the vision and make it plain upon the tables so that he that reads it can run with it (Habakkuk 2:1-4).” Like God told Habakkuk, the prophet when you receive a vision, write it down. With a written vision, as challenges arise in the fulfillment of the vision, you can always go back to the original document to keep you on target.
A utility knife holds the razor blade in place so that it can cut wood, cardboard, or other materials. After receiving the razor blade of vision, you need a utility knife of visualization to help you hold the vision steady.
Visualization is an “in your face” reminder of the vision and gives you a quick assessment of where you are in the process of the vision coming to pass. An example of visualization is a Vision Board with your goals for the year, a screen saver on your phone or computer or even a post-it-note on your mirror or refrigerator. You just need something to keep God’s vision ever before you.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.