Defining Moments


  • Elle Jay

Updated: Apr 2


noun vi·sion \ ˈvi-zən \

: the act or power of seeing

: the special sense by which the qualities of an object (such as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary (on-line)

“The greatest gift God ever gave man is not the gift of sight but the gift of vision. Why? Because sight is a function of the eyes but vision is a function of the heart. As a matter of fact, God never intended for you to live by your eyes. Your eyes are the enemy of your vision. Why? Because sight is limited to the capacity of the eyes but vision is limited only to the boundary of your imagination.” – Dr. Myles Munroe

What vision has God given you?

Is it to marry and raise a family? Is it to be the CEO of your own business and/or nonprofit organization? Is it to have a career that is synonymous with your God-given purpose? Is it to publish a book? Is it to be in your best physical, mental, intellectual and/or emotional shape? Is it to be debt-free?

What is it? Do you remember?

I remember the first time God planted a seed of His vision into the fertile ground of my mind. It came in the form of a dream as I slept peacefully. I was young. I had very little worries or concerns. I simply relied on the tilling of my parents for cultivated strength, growth, and direction. As I grew older, it was their constant reminder to “reach for the stars” that kept me grounded.

When it stormed and clouds and rain darkened the sky and its stars, I only felt drizzle from what could have been storms of a hurricane’s magnitude. I was covered and protected by my parents’ labor on the field of my being, and later learned that God had His hands on my development, too. Therefore, those stars remained at arms reach in my mind. So, again, I slept peacefully.

This dream was vivid. I stood in front of what appeared to be a three-story building—one floor housed a hair salon, another floor had a pediatric doctor’s office, and the first floor included a daycare facility, free of charge to the employees. As I entered into the building, I was dumbfounded to see that it was my own establishment.

Then, I woke up. I woke up in excitement. I did not feel burdened. I did not have the level of maturity to know that it takes hard work to fulfill a vision. Remember, at this point in my adolescent life, I had only gained insight from a life that was drizzled on, not from the aftermath of life’s storms. Only having this level of insight meant I perceived my life as the cool breeze and the rays of sunlight that follow the conclusion of most storms. What I saw in this dream gave me hope. However, it remained planted on the surface of my mind yet never made root in my heart…

Fast forward.

I recently entered my 29th year of living on Earth. Yippee! God is great. He preserved my life one more year. A lot of exciting things have manifested in my life over the years, but I am still struggling. Out of all of the exciting things, the very thing God planted in me in a series of dreams and visions has not come to fruition, which, in my perspective, contributes to unmet goals, a broken heart, overwhelming financial challenges, and so many other struggles. What I saw in my first dream as well as several proceeding dreams and visions is not here. And to add even more frustration, I am fully-grown – the field of my being has produced crop so commonly expressed by many parents that goes to the tune of “you are grown now… you have to learn how to make it on your own.” These words meant I was extracted from my parents’ covering and protection and could now feel the impact found in every drop of life’s “rain showers,” “thunderstorms,” and “hurricanes.”

But, what do you do when God gifts you with visions beyond what you can see? What is the answer? Let me help you; it is God’s Word (literally and figuratively).

“What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my complaint. And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” – Habakkuk 2: 1-3, The Message (MSG)

Brace for the worst. Sounds pessimistic, huh? The Word of God holds truths that can be difficult to embrace. If life has not already taught you this lesson, please be informed (or reminded) that it is inevitable for those dark and gloomy storms of all kinds to come. Life is not solely made up of daisies and roses; it is mainly made up of bricks and mortar*. The manifestation of His vision for our lives is pieced together brick by brick, only after His living water and our cemented faith is mixed together with the clouded sand storms of life. The gift of seeing God’s vision for our lives is an invitation to Godly transformation, and it does not always feel good. It requires acceptance, obedience, discomfort, and bracing for the enemy’s attempts to distract and mislead us.

Scan the horizon, and wait. It is natural to scan our horizon (or current circumstances) in search for indicators that our dreams have been realized. It is okay. The real test lies in what happens when we see less than what God promised us. Do we sink into a mountain of despair or do we believe God to move these mountains placed in the sight lines of our visions? Always remember: seeing is limiting but believing is liberating. We cannot allow the limitations of our sight to restrict our belief in God’s visions for us. The Word says to “walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7 New King James Version)”. We must not get caught up in the scan. Instead, we could believe that God has plans for our lives. We could walk (not sit) in faith while we patiently wait for what we once saw to shape the horizon, which forms as a result of the sun setting on the Earth at its appointed time.

Write what you see. Do you have your vision written down? If not, what are you waiting for? Be obedient. Write it out. You read the scripture found above. Again, it says: “Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming (Habakkuk 2:2 The Message)”. This run takes a lot out of us, and there will be times our faith will not give us the energy to keep running. However, His written promises scribed in our hearts and on paper may be the very motivation we need to persist through life. When the clouds begin to cover the light rays of the sun and the winds of the storms pick up its strength in our lives, we often lose sight of what He calls us to do. Therefore, we will need to be able to hold its inscription firmly towards the sky as a reminder that we will indeed live, and not die trying to reach beyond the storm clouds to the stars.

Wait. It is coming. I will never forget this moment. I was casually dining with a couple of my mentees and peers after serving as a panelist for an event at my alma mater. Although the event was successful, I did not necessarily bask in the glory of its success. My heart carried hurt and disappointment. The dreams and visions God gave me had not fully manifested, and I was simply over it. At age 29, I expected my life to be much different. My sight did not match my vision. As I engaged in a vulnerable, transparent conversation with one of my peers and role models, Kojo Asamoa-Caesar, a statement of his, in particular, pierced my heart in a way that re-opened my imagination and allowed me to believe again. He said, Lauryn, you know “if what you see is not what you saw, then what you see is only temporary.” This simple statement was so timely and profound, and it has not left my spirit being ever since he said it to me. The challenges we face are temporary, and if we just wait, His Word tells us that the deepest desires of our heart that are aligned with God’s visions for us are coming.

Just wait and see.

_____ *= mortars are a mixture of sand, water, and cement or lime that is used to join bricks or stones to each other when building walls (on-line Cambridge English Dictionary)

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