I’ve always had 20/20, or very nearly that, vision, which is odd since both of my parents need glasses. However, when it comes to having God’s vision I’m nearly blind. It seems as if I get so caught up in how I envision life unfolding that I buck when God wants to bless me with His vision. That’s why the word I want to define 2020 is vision. Here are a few of the things I’m praying.
God, humble me so that I see with Your vision, not mine.
I’m beginning to realize that my poor spiritual vision is a direct result of my pride. I deem my plans as better than God’s, therefore I’m hesitant to even ask God to open my eyes to see what He is doing. I don’t seek Him, because my way is what’s comfortable. Seeking Him and asking Him to grant me eyes to see His vision might, i.e. probably will, end in me being uncomfortable. When He graciously grants me glimpses of His specific plan, I often pull a Jonah and run the other way. That is not how God desires me to live. If I truly want God to grant me vision, the first step is nailing my pride to the cross and dying to myself so that He can live through me.
God, give me your eyes as I look forward to the future You have in store.
Josh and I desire to be witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our “Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” We pray daily about what that looks like in our lives, and God continues to make it clear that He wants to do big things. There is so much uncertainty, yet I trust that nothing is uncertain to the God of the universe. One of my heroes, Corrie Ten Boom, who spent a portion of her life being tortured and starved in Nazi concentration camps, said this: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” My future is so unknown by me, but my God knows everything and He is always good. As a part of my prayer for vision, I’m praying God wipes the mud from my eyes allowing me to see Him and His glory. As I see His glory and get to know Him deeply, He will give me “just enough light for the step I’m on.” That’s often how God works. Though I would love to know His plans for my next sixty years, He often reveals just what I need to take the next step, encouraging me to lean in closer to Him.
God, give me eternal perspective as I look at the world around me.
Each person has his or her own unique sphere of influence. It is their piece of world given to them by God to steward well for the sake of the Gospel. What often happens is that we get so comfortable in our spheres that they become bubbles. Bubbles keep us isolated and self-serving. Stewarding our spheres well means looking beyond ourselves to see people through the eyes of Christ. That cashier at the grocery store who seems rude might need you to ask how you can pray for her. The other mom at the playground might have never heard the Gospel. I have people like this in my sphere often, and I don’t steward my God given opportunities well. When I see the people around me with my eyes, I just see people. When I see people around me with God’s eyes, I see image bearers of Christ who need prayer, encouragement, and the salvation available through Jesus Christ.
I have full-faith that Jesus will grant my request for vision. Why? Because giving sight to the blind is what Jesus came to earth to accomplish. Isaiah 4:6-7 is speaking of Jesus when it says, “’I am the Lord, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.’” My Savior opens the eyes of blind. Just as he miraculously gave sight to the man born blind (John 9), He can open my spiritual eyes to see Him, His plan, and His people.