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Vision Beyond the Storm


At the beginning of 2020, exhortations about VISION were everywhere. 2020 vision exemplifies clarity, so the year 2020 seemed like a good time to catch a new vision or refine an old one.


Honestly, our family has been working on vision for over a year; trying to anticipate and project the work we would do once we arrived in Belize. For awhile we had a clear vision and plan of action, but ultimately we felt something telling us to let that vision go. So we did. We came to Belize without a clear vision, but feeling confident that it would emerge as we prayed and began to partner with Belizeans.

Enter the COVID 19 tornado. Virtually all talk about 2020 vision is gone from the public vernacular. How can we possibly forecast our tomorrows when we never saw this coming!? We don't know what toll COVID will take on our health, families, economy or global culture. What were once givens (family gatherings, school and work) have been picked up and flung into the void. We are in white-knuckle survival mode.


Is there place in this storm for looking beyond? Is there value in imagining a new normal? I think so.


Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."


There's no way we can know exactly what our future holds, but that was true even before Corona reared its ugly head. Now, more than ever, we have a chance to seek God's vision for our lives. How can we experience internal peace? How can we extend love to others? What can we build in service to our fellow man? We can build our future in faith even now. We can align ourselves with His vision for us and then watch God move mountains to see it realized.





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