The Vision Awaits its Time
Two days ago, I wrote about the “Widow and the Sanctuary Lights.” I shared a true story about a widow in my church, Marjorie Bryant, my Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, who for the past several years has made consistent, dedicated contributions toward a major upgrade of the lighting in our church worship space in memory of her deceased husband, Melvin Bryant. The new lights will be multi-color LED lights which will bathe the sanctuary with colors to reflect the mood and sense of the Spirit in worship. Wednesday, I wrote that my original vision for new lighting in the sanctuary was relatively limited in scope. All I could see was a mere four new LED lights to enhance the lighting of the chancel area. When the upgrade is completed, each of the initial 36 light fixtures in the sanctuary will be converted to LED lights and 26 new multicolored lights will bathe the space in Spirit -filled color.
I thank God that my vision was slowed down. I could see and taste what I thought would enhance worship, but there were a few impediments along the way. In the post two days ago, I shared that the Mormon Tabernacle was my inspiration. To be honest, I had another, more local inspiration for the new lighting – topless bars! While I have never entered a topless bar, and have no desire to go into these places, as I drive by these establishments in Detroit, I am intrigued with the exterior lighting. The colors are vivid, often intensely vibrant light shows, and cutting edge in terms of light. The only places I have seen with more vivid exterior lighting are the gambling casinos. I have often asked myself, “Why is it, that these establishments are pushing the envelope in lighting and the church community still is stuck in the past?”
The prophet Habakkuk was told to write the vision and make it plain. The Lord commanded that he wait until the appointed time for the vision to become a reality. Today, I met with Steve Bostic, who is the media coordinator for our church; Delano Dove, who is also a member of the church who will do the “hard-wiring” of the new lights; Delano’s son, young Delano, who is helping the church with its IT issues, but if things get rough, may help his dad with the ladder and high – wire connections; and Henrietta Carson, who is the church accountant and my executive administrative assistant who has helped set aside the capital funds for this new lighting project. As I looked at our lighting team, I thanked God and reminded myself of the words of Habakiuk:
Habakkuk 2: 2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so that a runner may read it.
3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay. 
Questions for Reflection:
- What does waiting for the “Appointed time” for a vision mean to you?
- How does patience connect with faith in God?
Prayer: God, I am waiting for your vision to become reality. Grant me patience, grant me hope, grant me faith. Lord, I have built my life around my faith in you. Sometimes, you have provided for me a vision of the future. There have been occasions when disappointment and setbacks have clouded my vision and caused me to wonder when your providence and mercy would be my saving grace. Come quickly, Lord, Jesus, for your vision awaits its time. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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