Several years ago, I started a vision journal. Some writers use a vision board to piece together plots for a novel or goals for the year. I prefer a journal.
In my journal, I write about my visions for the future:
- A healthy and happy life for my son
- The country cottage I have always wanted – with a western view so I can watch the sun set and surrounded by gardens of various flowers
- My desire to make the New York Times bestseller list
Some visions are much deeper and more intense – those desires for peace and contentment no matter what issues are grinding through my life.
Without vision, the scripture says, we perish.
This statement is true, because visions require a fistful of hope – the belief that our hearts’ desires will indeed come to pass.
As I scanned through my journal, I was surprised how many visions had already come to pass:
- The desire to be a full-time writer
- A car to replace my former broken down buggy
- My son in love with his sweetheart
Answered visions are confirmations that God does indeed care about the desires of our hearts. In fact – he is the one who plants them in us in the first place.
Does this mean all my prayer requests and visions are answered with a resounding “Yes?”
Negative. I cannot see the entire timeline of eternity or the answers that lie within each segment. Only God knows what is the best direction for me and which visions will push me toward the finish line.
But confirmed visions do prove that hope is alive. Hope then becomes a force to move our deepest longings into place.
I have added some new visions to my journal and dated them. It may take a lifetime or at least a small timeline to see them become reality. But the process of stating a vision underscores faith and the belief that life CAN indeed turn out okay.
Without vision, the people perish.
Without hope, a vision cannot live.
I vote for owning both.