Isaiah 42:16 NIV I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
What constitutes a reasonable improvement?
According to a recent Forbes article, 10% a year growth for three years in a row is very impressive for a medium sized company.
A weight lifting guru suggested a 5% improvement would be considered a great short term goal.
In downhill speed skiing, the difference between the first place record holder and the 10th place in the world was about 2.5%.
Two pounds a month for 12 months is considered a very solid, sustainable weight loss goal.
Then there is God’s metric!
He will turn darkness into light.
And make the rough places smooth.
AND He will personally replace your GPS with His knowledge of the best way to get where you have never been before.
AND He will do it for a blind person.
Let’s take it from the top. You are blind and have been wandering around in darkness for a very long time, stumbling over obstacles in the road, clueless about how to get where you need to go.
Suddenly you go from being blind, to seeing. You have a ridiculously unfair advantage over everyone else because you have light where others have darkness. Your road is smooth and the King is your guide, taking you where you need to go, even though you have never been there before.
Ummm . . . God just blew completely past Forbes’ 10% year-over-year metric.
As we begin to pray, it is vital that we not limit God by our biggest prayers. I certainly have needs and wants. I think I have heard that I need to connect with two strategic people here in So Cal. What if God wants me to be seen by more?
I have a very specific set of riddles I would like to solve this year, and solving them would be staggeringly spectacular, beyond anything I have accomplished in my life so far.
What if God’s vocabulary has some words bigger than “staggeringly spectacular” and He wants me to see more than I can even dream of seeing?
Now, shifting gears, think of that wonderful and aggravating feature on your computer called auto-correct. Let’s ask God, in this initial request, to auto-correct our prayers all year so that we do not diminish His will.
If anything, we pray smaller than what He actually wanted to give us, then we ask Him to auto-correct our prayers to be the size of what He has in His heart to do this year.
“Father, this year was designed by You with God-sized dimensions. I ask You to never let me put the dimensions of my fear, or need or woundedness on Your plans.
“I ask that You would cause me to be seen in every place that You desire and by every person You deem appropriate for me for this year. I ask for the very best You want to give me in terms of visibility.
“And Father, I ask that You would be an incredible invasive force in my life, making sure I see everything You want me to see. I especially ask You to force me to see the things I don’t know I don’t know, and therefore am certainly not looking for.
“I ask You to take every prayer I pray that is smaller than Your will and to enlarge it to be a reflection of the majesty of Your heart, not the finiteness of my heart.
“Father, neither I nor anyone else in the world has the slightest idea of what it would look like if You were to cause any one man to see and be seen at the level that brings You the highest joy. We ask for that now, together in one accord, so that the knowledge of the glory of God may be enlarged in our world.”
Copyright January 2014 by Arthur Burk