According to reports, centuries-old writings deep inside an Alabama cave have been decoded by researchers, and we celebrate literacy. Through the American system of writing, we communicate using standard symbols. Historically, the study of language development with spoken and written communication is intriguing. The English language and all languages — including the alphabet, phonics, vocabulary, idioms, grammar and verb conjugations — are really awesome. Learning to fluently read and write with comprehension is truly a milestone. So, let’s appreciate literacy by writing our vision.
What do you see?
The Bible proclaims that we should write the vision and make it plain on tablets (Habakkuk 2:2). This includes the notion that focused writing gives us a unique point of reference, as we intentionally plan and purposefully achieve one step at a time.
What are your plans?
The Bible, the written Word of God, includes His plans, thoughts and promises. Surely, “He has plans to prosper us and to give us hope and a future,” “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens,” and we can “leap over walls” (Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, Psalm 18:29).
In addition, it seems that things are solidified and remembered better, whenever we record the exploration of ideas and goals. So, writing down unleashed visions and dreams is healthy and cognitively positive. We envision impossibilities before their natural manifestation or reality. Organize your detailed thoughts. Self-reflect. Creating a personal archive/museum of artifacts, we can return to our written prose and see evidence (Hebrews 11:1) that the hand of God actively intervenes in our affairs, bringing things to pass.
God shows up and shows out. Like a historical exhibition, the answered prayers may be on public display - a public display of something conquered privately. We testify, “To God be the glory!”
Good old-fashioned advice is this: Don’t waste a lot of time simply wondering. Write the vision plainly, devise an action plan, put a praise on it, track it and proceed. And don’t tell everybody your plans. You might tell the wrong person. The proof is in the pudding, honey.
Final thought: And of course, themes of “20/20 vision” are being repeatedly buzzed around the year 2020; let’s use this science analogy of eyesight accuracy as a springboard to launch/sharpen our focus and do the extraordinary.
A hymnal of prayer: “Open my heart, Lord. I want to hear what You say. Open my spirit. Open my soul, Lord. I give myself. Have Your way. Grant me a vision. Clear revelation. I want You to speak words of life into my being fresh today that I may be able to see You and all You want to be in me. Cleanse me. Set me apart for You.” Hear our prayer, O Lord. Incline Thine ear unto us, and grant us Thine peace.
In Christ’s name and for His sake, amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.