Saturday, January 29, 2005

Vision Quest Until You Get It!

The Emergence of my Strongest Steps

Visions are born out of necessity.

There is a sense of terrible, shaking, beckoning purpose on your horizon... or perhaps right there in your chest as you read this.

Most of us live our lives in a stale mediocre existence. We live in the flow of humanity as the fortunate cow - grunting and shuffling in and out of the corral - the same way sun up as we do sun down.

We don't think to live wildly. We don't think to listen to that fantastic challenge that calls us to greatness from inside and outside.

But call to you it does... that voice inside says "There is MORE to LIFE than this ... PLAIN EXISTENCE. And it's muffled call to you is of the grist of your purpose - grand purpose in life.

Each of us is born with a specific set of potentialities and must recognize those unique values and enhance them with all our focus and energy. We have heard of a "vision quest" of the Native Americans. I would like to relate that to the way of the ancients of the Middle East, the Hebrews. They have a way of teaching their children from the ancient scripture most thoroughly and profoundly. This is the vision quest we seek. It is one that first wishes to be "washed with the pure water of the word." It seeks to rest in God's promise the way the native american youth would rest alone in the wilderness as he sought the direction of the Great Spirit. But the promises of God in Christ Jesus are "Yes!" and "Amen!"

2nd Peter 1:19 - So we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You're doing well by paying attention to their words. Continue to pay attention as you would to a light that shines in a dark place as you wait for day to come and the morning star to rise in your hearts.

And these core talents or gfitings in our beings will coalesce as we strengthen them into various steps... sequential endeavors profoundly predestined for us in Christ Jesus -

Epheseians 2:10 . God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.

This is the vision for our lives. And once those steps are clear, the strongest steps for achieving that vision of destiny specifically tooled to fit our being... our loved ones, acquaintances and complete strangers will follow that birth with rapt attention... even the invisible angel beings will long to look into our lives as we walk that vision path!

1st Peter 1:11 So they (students of the Word from ages past) tried to find out what time or situation the Spirit of Christ kept referring to whenever he predicted Christ's sufferings and the glory that would follow. 12 God revealed to the prophets that the things they had spoken were not for their own benefit but for yours. What the prophets had spoken, the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven, has now made known to you by those who spread the Good News among you. These are things that even the angels want to look into.

Sometimes fears can hide your vision
The loss of purpose chains you down
You think I’ve forgotten all you’re dreaming of
But how could I forget the one I love
And it’s...

Not by might, not by power
But by my spirit says the lord
Not by might, not by power
But by my spirit says the lord

Before the vision can be seen, we must go through a process of LEANING!!!

Picture again that native american lad, if you will. He returns from his vision quest - alone in the wilderness for weeks - leaning upon his Source, the Creator, the Great Spirit. So does the Jewish boy who prepares for his coming-of-age - his bar-mitzvah - by casting his whole soul into the "wilderness" of the Word - until he is one with the Voice of the Lord who alone speaks Truth. And we - in our modern various pursuits (ANYTHING sincere that leaves the TV OFF and is in pursuit of Truth!) - we must come from our vision quest LEANING on GOD ALONE!

Song of Solomon 8:5 Who is this young woman coming from the wilderness with her arm around her beloved?

Once the mind has left the comfort of the old paradigm and embraced the possibility of extraordinary achievement, the question that never fails to ignite the necessary creativity and passion is; what do we need to do to get there? Pay attention to all of the ideas and methods produced during your vision-gestation period and don't prejudge them. The winning steps will emerge, and often will do so, from the unlikeliest of places... from the very mysterious space of God's vast, eternal horizon!

Ephesians 5:13 Light exposes the true character of everything 14 because light makes everything easy to see. That's why it says: "Wake up, sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." 15 So then, be very careful how you live. Don't live like foolish people but like wise people.

25 Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. 26 He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water along with spoken words. 27 Then he could present it to himself as a glorious church, without any kind of stain or wrinkle--holy and without faults. 28 So husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself.