“They recognized them as companions of Jesus, but with the man right before them, seeing him standing there so upright-so healed!-what could they say against that?” (Acts 4.14)
Visionaries often see what others do not. I find myself filled with hope when I begin to catch a piece of their insight and belief. The process of following their logic is filled with faith that often stretches one's patience and endurance. The thirst to tangibly know why one should continue, no matter how compelling the words and descriptions might be, is always there. At times, it can be overwhelming. One desperately wants to believe, in the midst of the yearning, there is an equally desperate need to see, feel, or taste part of what is just beyond.
To anyone that has been caught in this gap I would offer the following observations. First, it happens to everyone at one time or another. Life often demands that we step out on an edge. Even if one is risk adverse, eventually there will be a call to move beyond the comfort zone. Feeling uncomfortable, wanting to see when one's foot is going to land next is natural. Second, no whatever one might sees on the outside never assume that anyone is comfortable with being on the edge. Acting based on something one cannot see or touch is never completely automatic, even for risk takers. Third, when results arrive, and they do eventually, be prepared for the unexpected. Visions always come with at least one surprise, even for the visionary.
I would gently suggest that every follower of God, no matter how they describe or see Divinity, is on a precarious edge. He or she wants to believe and walk with confidence, yet the need for proof always remains as a thirst in the back of one's mind. Is this the path? Is there a hidden agenda that I do not understand? Where is the proof that I have it right?
In your life and mine, there is proof of God's work. You might not see it, but others do.
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