Do you feel called by God, or have a dream, but it’s all still kind of vague as far as what it’s supposed to look like? Do you have a passion inside you that you desperately want to act on, but you can’t see the specifics yet? Just what, exactly, is the secret to that vision becoming crystal clear? Today I’m sharing seven actions that helped bring clarity to mine.
For many years God pursued my full surrender for the call He placed on my life. The stretching was years long. He made adjustments in my heart until a shift took place where the vision unfolded into a crystal-clear picture.
The verses in Habakkuk 2:2-3 tantalized me many times before.
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3 ESV
During this past year I experienced a shift in my life regarding this verse. During this season, the secrets to the process of the vision God gave me unfolded with remarkable clarity. I took a step back and looked at what I learned in the process.
7 Actions That Bring Clarity to Your Vision
- Seek God for His will. You might have a desire to have a clear vision for yourself, your family, health of any area, your job, or even ideas to serve others. God puts His plan into your heart, and as you seek Him you will begin to see how to draw it out.
- Write it down. Just like the passage in Habakkuk says, write the vision. If you don’t know what the vision is, then dump your heart onto paper. Record the desires, passions, and longing in your heart where you can see it on the page in front of you. Even if you can only write phrases, it’s a starting point.
- Wait. The verse says, that if there is a delay with it, then wait. I’m familiar with waiting. It’s not exciting. You can probably relate. Yet if God said it, then it is eventually going to be within reach. God has much to bring about in you and me during the process of waiting. He could give us a vision, and then immediately show us all the steps and changes necessary to bring it into fruition—but He doesn’t usually do that. He usually plants the seed of a vision inside us. In the meantime, productive actions can be taken during the wait.
- Write again. After a season of waiting, and becoming more spiritually mature, you will gain more clarity on what God wants for your vision. You will be able to pick up all the pages where you wrote about what is on your heart, and you will see a clear picture. So “make it plain on tablets.” In other words, write it in great detail.
- Look for confirmations. As you go about your day, listen to the Holy Spirit. Write down those times when He seems to be saying to move forward with what He’s impressing on your heart. And if doubt comes, read your list of confirmations.
- Be responsive with preparation. Obey whatever God shows you to do, even if that means you will be stepping out of your comfort zone. You will probably feel uncomfortable, but that is when you have the opportunity to trust Him.
- Run with it at the appointed time.Keep in step with God. It’s wise to never embark on a major move without confirmation. When every bit of what you wrote down is clear, and you have fully prepared, then, and only then, will the appointed time be evident.
Moving Forward with Vision
For years I have had a pressing in my heart to see spiritual growth in others, but I had never before had a pinpointed vision. I would try to write out what I was seeing, but it was so fuzzy that I couldn’t run with it. I can write it now.
What pieces of a vision are in your heart? I’d love to hear about it!
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