And the Lord answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it” — Habakkuk 2:2
It was either August or September of 2017. I can’t remember which.
I do remember that I was washing dishes and listening to an online sermon when the pastor quoted the above Habakkuk 2:2 Bible verse. “Write the vision”, he kept saying. “Make sure you write the vision down”.
The next thing I knew I was putting on clothes and headed out to find me a mason jar and some index cards. God had been promising me so much in that particular season of my life and I knew I had to get these promises out of my head and onto paper. I had to WRITE the VISIONS down.
Later that night, I began writing a couple of visions God had given me for my life onto the index cards. Some were related to my career, relationships, etc. I would read over each one, talk to God about them, confirm with him whether or not this was something of HIM (or just something of me), and then fold them up to be placed in the jar.
Before long, this was part of my normal routine. There would be something God had given me a glimpse of or something God had placed on my heart that I was still believing God for— and I would go to my kitchen counter (where my vision jar is kept) and WRITE IT DOWN very plainly.
It’s amazing how good it felt to do this! And now that I have been keeping a Vision Jar for over a year, I can honestly say that I’ve learned some amazing lessons and been given some great reminders. Here are just a few:
1. Let go and let God. If God lets me know that something is coming, why would I continue to obsess and worry about it? God has the FINAL say on all matters so no matter what my “sight” tells me (what things look like in the worldly sense), trust in Him is crucial (Proverbs 3:5)
Being the control freak I am, it was hard writing out these visions, folding them up, dropping them into a jar, and closing the lid. This meant releasing the little control I thought I had. This meant giving things completely and fully over to God.
It was uncomfortable at times but it was necessary.
2. God cares about the details. I used to think God was a big picture God. He cared about who I married or what city I lived in but not “minor” stuff like what side of town I lived on or what shift I worked. Silly me, God cares about it all. He is so strategic and intentional and as I look back through some of His promises to me that He has kept, I see that.
In January of 2017 I literally had no furniture in my 600 sq ft apartment (minus a bed, a futon, and a tv stand). As I looked out into that empty space, with my earthly sight, I saw an unfurnished apartment– but with my spiritual sight (VISION), I saw a home– a peaceful place I could come home to and feel safe and comfortable. God gave me a glimpse of that and today in January 2019, I have that (and so much more).
3. God is faithful. To fully understand that God is faithful, we have to understand that He doesn’t operate on our timeline. As a matter of fact, time as a concept doesn’t even exist to Him. 2 Peter 3: 8 says that “With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”
Believe that when God says “yes” to you, He means “yes”. You may not see whatever it is come to pass in a month or even a year but if He said yes, He means yes. Don’t continue to whine asking “when, God, when?”
It’s coming! Be patient.
As I go through and separate the index cards in my vision jar of things that have already come to pass from the things that have not yet come to pass, I get so excited. Why? Because God is faithful! He is a PROMISE KEEPER! And even if it hasn’t happened yet, it will happen. I just have to be ready for it when it does.
4. God wants us to have vision; not just sight. There’s a blind man in my apartment complex. Every morning, I see him as I leave for work. He always does the same thing— walks out of his apartment, takes a small plastic trash bag to the dumpster, checks the mailbox, walks back to his apartment. The same routine everyday— like clockwork.
This man has no sight but I guarantee if I sat down with him, he could tell me of his VISION. His vision for the future, his vision for his community, his vision for his family. Watching him one day, it hit me that vision can’t be the same as sight. As a matter of fact, it has to be what stands firm regardless of sight. It’s often contrary to sight.
Vision require faith and as Hebrews 11:1 tells us, faith is the substance of things not seen.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. — Hebrews 11:1
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about my Vision Jar. It is such an amazing way to bring back to my memory God’s promises and God’s faithfulness in my life. If you want to know more about how I made my Vision Jar, see the step by step directions below!
How to make a VISION JAR
Items needed: Mason jar, index cards, ink pen/pencil, VISION (that’s it!)
- Get a plain mason jar
- Write your vision on index cards
- Confirm whether or not it is from God or not (pray, seek God on the matter, take your time)
- If it is from God, fold it up and place it in the jar
- Revisit the jar and read through the visions/promises
- Update jar
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