I was sitting at my computer one night saying God, “show me what to write.” And He simply said, “write the vision.” Now some of you may not be familiar with this phrase but it comes from the Book of Habakkuk in the Bible. It reads as follows:
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
Now, we know that when we hear wisdom—whether Biblical or otherwise—we should not just listen to it and say “that’s wonderful”, but actually apply it to our lives. Therefore, the first instruction of this verse is to “write the vision.”
Writing the Vision
Some of you may be wondering what the vision is that I speak of. In the literal translation, it is the word which the prophet was given. However, since this is not a theological blog post it we’ll focus on the, metaphorical application that will benefit your life.
What is your purpose in this world? What dreams has God given you? What visions do you desire to achieve? That is the vision I speak of. That is what you are to write down. Writing the vision, dreams, and goals of your life is not only an encouragement to you, but an act of faith.
The passage itself is entitled “The Just Live By Faith.” As Christians, we know that it is impossible to please God without faith. However, we also know that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20 & 26). Therefore, this means that when we realize our vision for our life that the first action we should take is to write it down.
Writing it down encompasses creating personal as well as professional vision/mission statements, goal lists (daily, weekly, monthly, annual, etc.), business plans, and more. Whatever literature and lists, etc. that you can create to help organize your vision and goals, create it. They are the act of faith that will propel you forward emotionally and professionally.
In writing your vision and goals, remember that it is an act of faith; not perfect. The chances are very high that what you plan will not happen exactly the way or time in which you planned it to happen, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll give you an example. I made a move from Tulsa, OK to Charlotte, NC believing that I would follow a particular plan which entailed me focusing largely on Desired Assistance, my virtual writing and editing company. However, mere weeks later, I was led to create DA Weddings blog and now, this one. It was been a most wonderful turn of events! Step out on faith to write your vision and God will perfect it to align with His purpose and timeline for you.
Run with It!
The next part of this verse states “…that he may run who reads it…” As we started to touch on in the last section, faith without works is dead. In other words, you can’t just write the vision and forget about it. Keep it before your eyes. Meditate on it. Speak it out loud. Then do what you’ve planned. Run with it! If you can’t expect to lose weight without eating differently and working out or having the perfect wedding without planning or hiring a wedding planner, than you cannot expect to succeed in business without making an effort as well.
If your business—like many nowadays—thrives on referrals, then network in person and on line to make contacts. Create the actual plans and literature for the next phase of your business. Start writing that blog or book. Whatever you vision is, act on it. As Marshawn Evans would say, “God’s anointing [ability to function in your specific gift] is attached to your appointing [what you are purposed/gifted to do].” When you discover what you are purposed to do, you will have the ability to “run” and do just that.
Wait for It…!
This is probably the most frustrating part of the vision process. We can write and we can work, but ultimately, we always have to wait. Tarrying is an old school term for waiting and in English, we typically define it as a passive act. However, it is actually an authoritative act. In short, we are empowered to do what we must until the God-given visions come to past.
We must be patient. There is always a perfect timing for everything whether it’s the writing and release of that book, the promotion of yourself or your business, that million-dollar contract. Whatever it is, do what you know to do—don’t be passive—and if it’s meant to happen, you can absolutely guarantee that it will happen at the perfect time.
I encourage all of you today: go, write the vision! Be specific as possible and do it in good faith knowing that if it is for you and if you work at it and towards it, it will happen!
Note: If you have visions and dreams that God has given you for your life and or business, create a Promise Journal. Make a list of everything He’s said chronologically if at all possible. Add to it when He tells you something new and comment on it like you would in a text book or essay when you start to see things come to past. It’s a source of encouragement to you and, I believe, it is an affirmation that you trust God, acknowledge that He is keeping His promises to you, and encourages Him to keep doing what He’s doing in your life. It’s a wonderful thing!