In my last post, I mentioned that sometimes God needs us to hear something and He gives us a word directly.
One January day this year, while I was exercising, God gave me a vision. Although prior to this, I did not truly understand what a vision was, I understood that God sometimes gives them to His own as a way to make a point. And what a point He made to me on January 20th. I was so marked by it I had to write it down and date it.
Here is the vision He gave me. I will try my best to describe it in words. If I were an artist, I would draw you a picture because the image in my mind is crystal clear. I have searched the internet far and wide to find a photo that would do it justice and there is not one to be found. So, my words will have to do.
Imagine: You are traveling down a very narrow path in the darkness. There is a person ahead of you holding a lantern that sheds just enough light to allow you to see potential stumbling blocks ahead of you or a large tree root which would cause you to stumble and fall. The person guiding the way encourages you along this narrow path. Every once in awhile, you come to an intersection. People are frantically crossing in front of you, unsure of which way they should go or even where they are. They are disoriented. They are confused. They are lost. You are growing a little irritated because they are in your way. They are blocking the light. They are bumping into you. Some are trying to pull you along with them onto the road in which they are traveling; a road that is far wider than your narrow path and completely dark. No wonder they are frantic and disoriented. There is no light. In the midst of the chaos that you have come upon, you hear the person ahead who is holding the lantern say, “It’s okay. I am waiting for you. Meet them. Greet them. Ask them if they’d like to journey along with you on this narrow, lit path. I am right here. I will wait.” Some choose to join you on the narrow path; others think you are crazy and continue their frantic run to find their way in the darkness. Then, the path is once again clear and you continue along close behind the one who is providing light for your eyes. Without looking back, the person ahead of you holding the lantern says, “You need to keep your eyes on me. Yes. That is necessary. But please see others. Stop and ask those you intersect if they would like to take a different route; if they might be willing to join you on the narrow path. I will wait. I won’t leave you in the darkness. I won’t press on without you. Don’t be irritated with them; love them. Share with them that you know of a better way. Then ask them to follow me.” You continue on the very narrow lit path, with your eyes fixed on the person providing light. When you approach the next intersection, you are ready to be interrupted. You are ready to be intersected. You are ready to invite. Why? Because you know the person holding the lantern is waiting for you, providing light by casting it on you, guiding you as you follow in His steps.
Here are the lessons and truths from scripture that align with this vision:
Jesus is light.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)
There is a path of life. It’s Jesus. Know Him. Seek Him. Follow Him.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11, ESV)
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction and those who who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life and those who find it are few.” (Matt. 7:13-14, ESV)
We are to (1) love God and (2) love others.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40, ESV)
We are to share the gospel message with those we intersect in life.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20, ESV)
“I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6, ESV)
Jesus is our only way to the place we’re traveling: Heaven. There is no shortcut. There is no other road that will lead to eternity.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Trust Him to lead and guide you.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8, ESV)
” . … Your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:20-21, ESV)
Mustard Seed Girls! I know this is repeat information to most of you. If there is one thing that I encourage you to grab hold of from the vision that the Lord gave me it is this: See others! Be willing to be interrupted. Be willing to stop and be light to the people who are in need of a different way. See them as God sees them: lost sheep in need of a shepherd. Love the LORD enough to share Him with others.
“Rejoice with me for I have found my sheep that was lost… . Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:6, 10, ESV)
Let’s see. Let’s share. Let’s shine.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people from his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).