There are meme jokes that 2020 is going to give us all better vision like…
- We are seeing things this year we never wanted to so.
- We are seeing things this year that we still don’t understand or can’t control.
- We are seeing things this year that we don’t ever want to see again.
But here is my concern. One of my prayers is that I will not miss the moment, and waste the opportunity to learn from it and become God’s better version of me.
You may feel like just putting your head down and plowing through. But you just won’t see much that way.
You won’t see a door God has opened. You won’t see a person God has brought into your life to bless you—or you to bless them. You won’t learn how to use Zoom like a boss.
So look for things, not just happening around you but look for what could be! What is God blessing in your life? Where is he giving you resources, ideas, areas for growth?
It might seem impossible, but better to see that and struggle for it than to never see it at all.
God wants you to get involved in making the impossible possible. That’s what Nehemiah does. Call it vision. Call it hope. Call it a prayed-for desire. Nehemiah sees that his home city of Jerusalem has been ransacked by foreign invaders, and needs to be rebuilt.
He describes it as “what God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 2:12). Nehemiah’s vision aligns with God’s vision.
What do you hope for your family? your career? What do you hope for your church? What is your prayed-for desire?
When you see what God sees—especially in 2020—you’re seeing clearly.
PRAYER: Dear God, you know all and see everything, while I struggle to see and understand. By faith, you promise that I can see more, understand more, and do more. Help me to lean less on my limited abilities, and to open my eyes to your work. Watch over my loved ones near and far, better than I can. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Read Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah 1:5-11. What is he seeing?