Managing a Vision in the Midst of Rapidly Changing Conditions
The Lord answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it, for the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:2,3)
God speaking through the prophet says, visions are to be ran with not sat upon—that’s movement. Visions are not to be scrapped, tossed aside or disregarded but pursued. Furthermore, God says, that visions have appointed times of fulfillment. Regardless of changing conditions from season to season as outlined above, whether these circumstances out of necessity force the visionary to slow down but never to stop, or present situations that make speeding up favorable—that’s balance. There is no vision balance without movement.
Isaiah 40:31 provides for running and walking, but not stopping. However, God says, wait for the vision to be fulfilled, not quit if it takes longer than you thought. God will not deceive or disappoint the visionary. Without vision balance and the right movement, the visionary will bail out on the vision. What we fail to understand is that, many times the fulfillment of the vision is ready for us but we’re not ready for the fulfillment of the vision (Psalms 37:4). If this is true, why wait? I believe it is important to wait to renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31).
As alluded to earlier, as we wait, through reflection and seizing the learning and growth opportunities, we learn to be unaffected by what others think, say or do. We grow up in faith and are unmoved by the appearance of things. We become strong enough to remain constant in the face of outer changes. So while we are waiting for the vision, the vision is waiting for us. God in His appointed time will hasten or delay the fulfillment of the vision for the overall good of all involved (Hebrews 10:35,36).