This one's for all my fellow visionaries who are in the beginning or midst of casting God-ordained visions, but need a little clarity. I see you!
Dr. Martin Luther King had a radical vision that, when first communicated, was not only hard for many people to see, but it sounded quite impossible to achieve. He was an incredible visionary that was told, harshly and violently, on several occasions that his dream, his vision would never happen and that he should give up and walk away quietly. Imagine if he had listened to all the naysayers and gave into all the challenges that he faced. Imagine
Here are a few tips to help you bring your vision into focus.
Write the vision: If you're sitting on your vision because it's still a little blurry to you , be prayerful and start writing down what you believe God is giving you. You have to get real clear with your vision before you can expect anyone else to see it clearly. Who is your vision for? What problem will your vision be a solution for? Writing it down has always helped me to get it out of my head and to begin to decipher what I believe that God has given me. Habakuk 2: 2-3 tells us: "Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run "For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay."
Review the vision: Many of us have a tendency to begin excitedly casting our visions all over the place with no clear direction and in return we come up with an empty net. It's time to refine your focus. Once you've written it down, read it thoroughly and pray over it and ask God to provide you with clarity
before you cast it. Do your homework and research the necessary details around your vision. You may not have the complete "how" worked out yet, but that will all line up as you consistently take intentional steps towards your vision.
Cast or re-cast the vision: Once you can see your vision clearly, it's time to cast it! The key to vision casting is to cast your vision to the appropriate people in the appropriate time that God has called you to do so. Don't confuse your iming and plans with that of the Lords. Your timing may be right now, but God's timing may be in the Fall.
If you've cast your vision and you’re not seeing any results, it may be time for you to re-cast it. Your vision
may not change, but your plans may need to. If your current plans aren't working, it's time to revise it. Get outside the box and push yourself into some uncomfortable places that you've been avoiding. Change happens when we're at our most uncomfortable position.
Be patient through prayer: As the scripture says, your vision is for an appointed time. It may take some time before you see your vision fully come to fruition. But, God knows what He is doing. He has plans for the vision He placed in you. This may be the hardest part for some of us, but I urge you to stay prayed up and prepared because when He is ready to call you up to the platform, you don't want to be scrambling trying to get ready.
Don't trade your vision for vanity: Because we are impatient beings, we occasionally cease opportunities promising us visibility and publicity; only to find out they were deceitful distractions wrapped in the covering of a grand blessing. Be mindful where you take your vision. It's not for everyone. Don't trade your moral values for 5 seconds of personal glory. It's not worth it. Is it?
A Visionary's Prayer:
Father God, I thank you for giving me your vision. You are the Master Craftsman and in your hands I know it will be perfectly executed. Please provide me clarity to see exactly what you need me to see in the casting of your vision. Order my steps so that I may be diligent in taking the actions that you would have me take to bring your vision to light. I thank you for the opportunities you will send and the people that will be blessed because of your vision. Prepare me for the time of your divine appointment so that I don't miss any of your fine details. I love you and praise you for what you have already done and what you have planned. Amen.