GOD ORDERED LOVE – THROUGH THE STORY OF ISAAC AND REBECCA – PART 8
LESSON 7: VISION IS EVERYTHING, STICK TO IT.
When I met my husband, he was not where he is now. His outward appearance albeit desirable was nothing compared to his prodigious vision. He had deferred so many semesters in campus due to lack of school fees, yet he pressed on.
His vision carried him through the ebbs of life. Even when the ray of light stuck so faintly, he carried on, stuck to what he had envisioned. I loved his stuck out spirit.
Vision is the reason we are here today, and vision still keeps us grounded.
Food was set before him to eat, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told about my errand.” And he said, “Speak on.”
Eliezer, having encountered Rebecca at the well and consequently following her to her home, was warmly welcomed by her Uncle Laban and the household of Bethuel.
I can imagine her excitement as she told them of her “sudden” encounter at the well, but the story would not have had any meaning to it if the vision bearer was not present. That was Eliezer, who came bearing the vision of his master Abraham for his son Isaac.
Food was set before him, but the vision bore more weight on him than his hunger pangs and those of his entourage.
The whole long paragraph that follows is a recapitulation of the events and conversations, they had with Abraham and Rebecca, including even the prayer, verbatim, of all that was previously related in the chapter.
He clearly understood the gravity of the vision that was set before him and the Lord’s hand in all that had taken place.
Do you have a vision for your future? Why are you pursuing her in the first place? Why are you with him miss in that relationship? Is it going anywhere or you are simply passing time?
You cannot sacrifice vision at the altar of personal gratification. Those who do so, imperil their future. Vision is what sets you on course and keeps you on course with your particular goal in sight.
Proverbs 29:18 says, where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
I love another translation that says, where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Without vision, you will cast off your restraint. You will perish trying out your hand on everything and everyone.
Listen, before you go after the person, go after the vison.
What does he/she want out of a relationship? Is it marriage? Do you have the same “mythos” when it comes to marriage?
Vision will give you clarity about your journey. It will paint a picture of the goal you two want to have at the end.
Don’t just seek out intimacy without the clarity of purpose. Intimacy thrives safely in the context of clarity and clarity cannot be achieved without charting your course with a clear vision.
More than that, take action towards your goal. Do not just dream about it. Nothing can be actualized without the pain of discipline and discipline is skewed towards our actions not just our thoughts.
Vision has a cost! You have to chose between the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. You have to trade off one for the other.
Fortunately, the pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the pain of regret weighs tons!
Do you have a vision for your life? Your relationship? Your marriage?