A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT
People who accomplish the most in life are people of vision. This makes it necessary for each of us to check our vision. I go annually to my eye doctor and have my physical vision checked. Oftentimes, I have to make corrections in my glasses and contacts to sharpen my vision. This is a good time to examine your vision and make necessary corrections. The Great Physician can do that!
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah saw God’s vision and became a bold, courageous leader. He accurately painted a picture of the terrible leadership and sinful actions of the people of Judah. Jeremiah spoke truth, but neither the people nor the leaders changed. Judah fell to the Babylonians, and for decades to come, the Jewish people would be in Babylon in captivity. The future looked dim.
But remember, Jeremiah was a visionary. He went out and bought some land in his hometown of Anathoth, which is about 1 mile from Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 32:6-15) Buying that field was his way of sharing his vision that the people could one day be free and come home. He died before the field was ever plowed or planted, but his vision for freedom for his people came true when Cyrus of Persia ended the Babylonian exile 50 years later. Cyrus wasn’t even born when Jeremiah bought the field!
The purchase of that field was a vision that communicated “we will have a future by trusting in God.” That field became the visible vision of a land that the people would occupy!!
Jeremiah shared how God’s vision is always for the good of His people. He said, “The truth is this: you will be in Babylon for seventy years, but then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they’re plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Visionaries help people see what they could not see. Visionaries distribute hope to people who have fallen prey to some kind of captivity.
I have a good friend whose son suffered for years with seizures. He could neither participate in sports, nor drive, nor go places by himself. It was discovered that his problem might be corrected with some delicate brain surgery. The boy and the family decided to have the surgery.
Before he had surgery, the boy came home one afternoon and saw a car parked in his driveway. He asked his parents, “Whose car is that?” They looked at him and said, “That’s your car!” He was puzzled and asked why they would buy him a car if he could never drive.
The parents had bought the car for their son to see so that their vision could become his vision of a successful surgery and the ability to drive. The car was a visible vision. Guess what? The surgery was successful! That boy drives! He has even completed medical school!!
Visions pack power, purpose, perspective, and possibilities!
Through this blog, I’m making you an appointment with the Great Physician for a vision check-up. Please don’t miss your appointment – listen to what the Great Physician says – and make the corrections necessary for you to have a clear vision.
Buy a field like Jeremiah – buy a car like my friends – discover your future by seeing what God sees!