Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Before I posted this altered photo, I tried very hard to think of something wise to say to go along with this verse.
I kept remembering the four Owens kids, who lived in our neighborhood when I was growing up. The Owens kids had a vision. They used to tell us all about how their parents were going to enclose the carport and make a den and put another carport on the back of the house. They always recited a ton of details and it was all so real to them. They had a vision, and to hear those kids talk, you’d think construction was imminent, that surely it would begin the next morning at 6:00 a.m.
I have no doubt that they heard their parents as they dreamed and talked of what they would do one day. But the talk went on and I never saw any evidence of construction. I heard those kids speak their vision and I thought “yeah, right”. I was a skeptic at an early age. We all grew up, and the carport remained just a carport.
I don’t know when it finally happened but the construction began with me taking no notice. I was an adult when I went to visit with Mrs. Owens, to see the new kitchen cabinets and all the work that had been done. The whole family, which now includes several spouses and a few grandchildren, has room to gather together comfortably. Their vision came to pass, just as the Owens kids said it would.
And here is where I got bogged down. I wanted to write about how my heavenly Father has promised me a better home, about how wonderful that day will be “when the faith shall be made sight”. While I believe this verse is about the future promise of a better home, I also think it is about a present promise of clear eyes and an ongoing revelation of God. But the truth of the matter is, I am more than a little bogged down, and I’m discouraged, and my vision is not all that clear at the moment but I never meant for this blog to expose things like that, so I posted my altered photo and kept my mouth shut, because, isn’t a picture supposed to be worth more than a thousand words anyway?
And I’m no theologian, but I think part of the danger here is that when one feels emotionally that there is no present revelation from God, one does tend to cast off restraint—tends to slack off, and stops doing the very things that would be conducive to hearing from God. In other words, one loses the expectation of vision. I would think this little one who thinks she is in a dark and quiet place needs to remember that feelings are not always trustworthy. As we used to say back in the seventies, she needs to keep on truckin’, needs to remember, “thus far, the Lord has been good to us.” She needs to put her glasses back on and get her head up and look around and see. There is a light somewhere in all this darkness.
Proverbs 29:18 (Amplified Bible) Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]--blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.
Proverbs 29:18 (NIV Bible) Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.