The Burden of The Valley of Vision

Last week there was a night I just felt... well, downish, vexed, you know? I just felt more human than other days.

I decided to grab my bible and open it so see if the Lord could speak to me, and he did. I ended up with this.

I ended up in the book of Isaiah 22:1 "The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?"
But as I kept repeating it, what stood out to me was "The burden of the valley of vision". The burden of the valley of vision...

I decided to look up the definition for burden and valley, and the first two definitions according to dictionary.com where these:
"Burden:
1.that which is carried; load
2.that which is borne with difficulty; obligation; onus
Valley:
1.a low point or interval in any process, representation, or situation
2.any place, period, or situation that is filled with fear, gloom, foreboding, or the like: the valley of despair."

Okay so now knowing the definitions may I try to interpret this verse in my own way and current understanding? yes? Thank you.

If we pay attention to how the sentence is worded, it almost seems the burden belongs to the the valley of vision - " The burden of the valley of vision" - or, as I like to interpret it, there is a burden that can arise from having a vision, and when our efforts to make this vision into reality remain fruitless, we then find ourselves in the valley of vision.

This really spoke to me because I have always thought of myself as a person of vision. Meaning, I see more than what is in front of me, I see a difficult situation as a possibility, I see a troubled person as potential- get the picture? and this.. this vision, this hope I guess you can call it, becomes a "Valley" in a sense, when my efforts don't seem to change anything, and then this starts to blur my vision of the "more", my vision of the "better" and I get discouraged... If that makes sense?

But then noticed these moments of discouragements are there for a reason. As I kept reading verse 5 caught my attention, and it says this "For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains."

When we are in the valley of vision (the low point when our efforts to make things that seem impossible possible fail, the point where we don't want to try anymore), we find ourselves in a place where we are perplexed - where God tears down walls.
God tears down walls in order to mold us and make us able bodied individuals who can make our vision, and his vision come to pass...

Let's face it, not everything in life goes as planned, and there are people who don't care. Don't care where they go in life, what happens in life, or if they leave a footprint.

Then there are people like me, and maybe you, who can't just leave a failed effort be. We can't just let something that needs work alone. It's almost like the most difficult situations call our name. If you are like this, bravo to you!

This world needs people who have a vision, and although it can be a drag at times, people with a vision are needed because if this world didn't have at least one person of vision everything would just stay the same.

In conclusion:
Don't get discouraged when you find yourself in the valley of vision. Use this opportunity to stop and reflect, think and collect. Meditate on what God wants to do, and plan for the next effort- hopefully a successful one!
:)

4 comments

  1. Wow, this was a great post. I saw the title on the side bar of my blog and was immediately interested. I needed this today, thank you!

    Maybe sometimes God lets us get down and perplexed so that we turn to Him, He speaks to us through His Word, and then we can share it with somebody else - like you just did.

    Good stuff, kindred. :)

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  2. I'm glad it was to your advantage :)
    I just hoped it made sense, I feel like I didn't quite say what I felt?

    Oh well, I did my best! :D

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  3. It made alot of sense.........
    thanks.

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  4. Amazing...that made a lot of sense I really can't even add to that. Spoke to me too--- vision, and valleys, and tearing down walls---ministry in a nutshell.

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