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 "Summer Vision" by Kevin Miller Posted on 6-3-2005
WOTR News Article As I sit here writing this, my view is filled with signs of spring. It looks like the trees have finally won. Old man winter is gone, though he may try to remind us every now and then that it's not forever. The leaves are not only out but are spreading and getting their full growth. The birds are chirping happily to one another as they flit from tree to tree. The sun is shining and I can even feel its warmth. Ah yes, spring is finally sprung.

After the winter we've had it took some imagination to see the kind of days we are beginning to have. After so many gray, dull, dreary days it's easy to lose sight of the season that brings new life, energy, and radiance to our community. But we knew it was coming. There were even some who kept encouraging me with, "Just hang in there, it'll be here soon." That's having some vision.

That's what vision is really: having a sense of what's coming or can get done based on what has happened in the past. Just like the seasons come (sometimes a little late) so the goodness of God comes (never late). The ability to see ahead of the actual moment is vision. The way we see ahead is by what He's done in the past.

That's why it's important to count the blessings that have come from God. We know He gives life so we thank Him for a new day. We know He created us so we thank Him for purpose. We know He provided our salvation se we thank Him for mercy. But do we really think He looks out for the ordinary affairs of life?

Does He care that it is impossible for us to attain the kind of character for heaven? Does He care that our lives only last so long? Does He care that His mission is impossible? Does He care that we don't have the resources to cover all the bases?

Well of course He cares. The next question is: does He provide for what He calls for? Does He provide for obtaining a character fit for His kingdom? Does He provide for the end of life as well as the beginning? Does He provide the opportunities to finish the mission? Does He provide the resources to cover what we can't? Does He have that kind of power?

What does the past say? The past says that I'm not the same person I was before I met Him. I'm still growing in grace, but I'm growing because He's providing. He brings comfort to the grieving, courage to the afflicted, and hope to the dying. He's got the resurrection waiting on His people. He never sends to where He hasn't already been. The mission impossible becomes the mission accomplished under His guiding. Those things that He says to do are provided for from His resources. We often forget where those “extras” come from.

God wants bold, clear vision to advance His kingdom. That vision will constantly look to see where God is leading and how to push the boundaries of His kingdom ever larger. It means we need to rely on God to provide for what He leads us to do. We need the kind of vision that saw our need and provided for it with the Son of God.

This summer let's endeavor to see bigger, brighter, and bolder for the kingdom. Let's cry to God to show us His vision so we can feel the warmth of the changing season within our own spiritual community. God Bless,

-- Pastor Kevin Miller

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