You have the ability to see something that isn’t yet there. If you’ve ever set a goal and went out and achieved it, you saw something that didn’t yet exist. If you’ve ever started something new with a picture in your mind of the end result, you trusted in something that you couldn’t yet see. In the song, “Moment of Surrender,” U2 calls it “vision over visibility.”
That’s a pretty good description of faith.
As I look around, there’s plenty of that going on in my life and many of the people I know:
- Two of my nieces graduate from high school this week. They have a college vision over visibility. On the horizon are new friends, experiences, and learning.
- My parents are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years ago they had a marriage vision over visibility. Little did they know that fifty years later they would have three children and nine grandchildren, distinguished careers, and wonderful accomplishments.
- A friend is about to move cross country and start a whole new life. He has career vision over visibility. This is an opportunity for him to paint a whole new picture of what the next chapter of his life will look like.
- My wife, Tammy, and I are in the midst of transition from Milwaukee to Florida, from Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and School to Ascension Lutheran Church and ??? We have adventure vision over visibility. We are looking forward to creating a new life, new ministries, and new friendships that as of right now are only shadows on the wall. Soon they will be reality.
I have a picture that shows Walt Disney standing on the ground of what would one day be Disney World. Superimposed in the background is the famous Cinderella Castle that would one day grace the end of Main Street, U.S.A. Walt Disney had vision over visibility.
For those with faith and trust in Jesus, vision over visibility takes on an even greater and grander meaning. With the eyes of faith there is a vision of heavenly glory, obviously far greater than the Cinderella Castle, and bringing a deeper and more glorious joy.
You have the ability to see something that isn’t yet there. Go out and get it.
What is the vision over visibility to which you are reaching right now?