I heard a good sermon yesterday about vision, and God gave us special effects to go along with it! We drove to church in pouring rain, the consistent soaking kind, which is pretty exciting in itself since we hardly see it in our desert town. Our worship songs spoke of “rising up” and entering into the freedom that Jesus died to give us. A special word of exhortation followed, challenging us to break free from the mud puddles we sometimes like to wallow in and to rise up and embrace God’s will for our future. Looking back now, I think “Wow, those songs and that special word, even the rain, was a precursor to what the Lord was going to convey.”
So many good points were made about “vision” for our lives and living out the rest of our days in imagination and dreams instead of past memories. But I like the part about Proverbs 18:19: “A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and their contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.” Being yoked to offense blurs the vision of moving forward in victory. Our pastor compared the past pain of fallen dreams and hurtful relationships to a broken windshield where the crack spreads and hampers our view as we drive forward. We can’t navigate very well with the hindrance in place and he called us to acknowledge the past brokenness and choose instead to be yoked to God’s grace and mercy for a blessed life. Isn’t that a good description of a hindrance like offensiveness blocking our vision?
I hope this word encouraged you today. My post links to Hear it on Sundays, Use it on Mondays, hosted by Michelle