"And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Acts 16:9
Paul had a vision of what he thought God wanted him to do, but if you check out the verses before this one you'll find that everywhere he tried to go they were "forbidden" to enter. It must have been really frustrating thinking you know what should be happening next on your journey, but then being stopped at every turn.
Then something miraculous happened. A vision appeared to Paul. A man begged him to come to Macedonia. This vision couldn't have been more direct as to where he should go or what he should do. The vision made everything clear and Paul knew exactly the next steps he needed to take, despite all of his seemingly failures before.
Sometimes our plans don't go as predicted. I must tell you this year has not gone in any way like I imagined. Illnesses, surgeries, unplanned circumstances, all sorts of things have crept into my life unexpectedly. Every place I planned to go, I have not been able to enter. It is now almost the end of the year.
At this point, I could give up. I could say that the year has not been what I planned, so why even bother. I don't think that would be the wisest way to handle the last few months of this year. As the saying goes, "Lost time is never found again." But, what if a vision appeared?
I do believe if you look for it, pray for it, and focus on receiving it, a vision can appear in the midst of the chaos. This vision may not look or have you go in the direction you had planned, but it is time to look beyond your normal circumstances for the unexpected. It may have struggles and difficulties, like Paul did in Macedonia, but this new vision may again spark life into the passion in your life that has grown dim.
When Paul followed this vision, amazing miracles followed. There were also struggles, but the Philippian church was birthed out of this trip. It was a vision that changed everything. You can also have a vision appear that will do exactly that.
The painting at the beginning of this post is titled "Vision." It contains that feeling of looking deeply into another world unlike our own. Taking a chance to enter a place like Macedonia where you haven't been before. The details may be veiled in the picture at the moment, but stepping into the unknown may be exactly what your life needs.
How are you going forward for the last few months of this year? It may be the perfect time to search out a new vision. Busyness starts to surround us as we walk into November/December, but this month we have a chance to breathe a bit before it all. A time to see what vision you would like to have before the craziness of the holidays descends upon us.
Allowing a new vision to spring forth even when the end seems so near might be the exact thing you need to make this year better than any other. Prioritizing the important parts of your new journey and making sure steps are begun to help the changes take place, may give your life new meaning. Don't just exist through these next few months, but create the ending you want to live. Allow your Macedonia to appear and walk into a whole new world.
"Vision" ~ Acrylic and Multi Media on Canvas ~ 24x30 Inches ~ $540