Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” This verse is talking about a vision and how people without a vision, lack wisdom.
Vision – what is a vision?
According to dictionary.com, a vision is one of several things:
(1) The act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight; (2) The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur; (3) An experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency: a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision; (4) Something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience: The vision revealed its message; (5) A vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: visions of wealth and glory.
Furthermore, my professor at Hope International University described vision as something where a church is going while providing a snapshot of its direction. At the same time, it challenges and inspires people to accomplish a ministry for God as it touches their emotion (Bigelow 2013, n.p.).
Such a vision occurred with my husband Dene when he was a fourteen years old as described below:
The Dream by Dene Cole
The dream woke me up from a sound sleep, I was so excited from the dream I went and woke my mother up and told her about the dream.
I was walking around a large building, cannot remember the dimensions but it was big. I could smell brewing coffee and cookies baking. I walked out of the building and saw four more buildings as if I was in a small village at least that was what my fourteen-year-old brain perceived. Then I heard a voice telling me that I will give all this to you when the time is right.
Now that I am fifty years old, I comprehend the dream a little different. First off, I know the voice was from the Lord Jesus and I am still trying to figure out if the time is right. Now being married to Ann, I believe the time is at hand for both our dreams and visions to take place. That dream is leading me to open up a coffee, hopefully within the next year or so.
My husband and I share this vision of opening a coffee shop that will be more than a coffee shop. We hope to turn it into something that serves the community while meeting the needs of people who are experiencing hurt and talk about Jesus while fellowshipping with each other.
What is your vision? Were you given a vision that you have forgotten about? Is there something that is inspiring you to serve in a ministry and keep casting it aside in hopes of getting back to it someday?