I’m a planner. I love setting goals and working towards achieving them. There’s a feeling of excitement as I reach each step toward that goal, and a feeling of accomplishment when I’ve succeeded. I think many of us feel that way about a project or goal we have. But what happens when our plans don’t work out the way we planned, or when they stop completely? I’ve had this happen many times in my life, and to be honest, I didn’t always have the best attitude. I’ve gotten better over the years, but it still happens.
We are currently in the midst of moving. Selling and buying a home definitely ranks up there with being one of the most stressful events in life. Last week, something else came up in our process which put us back at the beginning. I went through all the emotions from being sad, to crying, to being mad, to questioning if we were supposed to be doing this at all. Then I stopped my emotional rollercoaster and prayed. God very kindly and gently said, “You’ve lost focus, Kimberly, and you’ve taken your eyes off Jesus.” Ouch! It was true! I was looking at what was going on around me which was so discouraging. I needed to redirect my focus and get clear vision on Jesus again!
20/20 vision is normal vision. In the year 2020, I’ve needed more than normal vision. My eyes had to be on Jesus! In this seemingly uncertain time in our world, He is the only One certain. In a time where our nation is divided on so many issues, He is the only One that brings unity and peace!
Proverbs 29:18 TPT says, “When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.”
Jesus is the Word made flesh. When we have a revelation of Him, and have a relationship with Him, He not only saves our soul and makes us right with God, but also gives us peace, hope, and life. He will help us plan our path and will give us direction, but it goes deeper than that. He will give us a clear understanding of His Word and clear vision into the things around us.
Spending time reading the Bible, and praying and talking to God, helps us clearly see His love for us, His protection over us, His desire for us, and helps us move forward in all He’s asking of us. We don’t live in fear of what is going on around us when we see Jesus! He is for us, He goes before us, and He is with us. As we focus our vision on Him, we can love freely, serve wholeheartedly, and make an impact in our world. With our eyes on Jesus, we have better than 20/20 vision; we have prophetic vision of the revealed Word!
Kim Burnell is Assistant Campus Pastor at The Life Church Winchester. She’s passionate about God’s Word, people finding life in Jesus, and encouraging others along life’s journey. She’s been married to her high-school sweetheart, Ed Burnell, for 36 years. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren, and she says when this social distancing is over, there will be snuggles for days!
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