- Religion and Philosophy
The Images Within
Have you ever had a re-occurring image come into your mind? sometimes God can speak to you with "random" thoughts and you may feel a prompting to speak to someone. However, the image that I'm referring to is like a passionate vision that God has placed on your heart. It's irrevocable and it's a dream that you can't accomplish on your own. And you were never meant to do anything on your own. Jesus did nothing apart from his father (John 5:19). Sometimes those images that He places on your heart appear to be a bunch of small random dreams. God always has a way of taking those single dreams and weaving them together so that they can be one dream and many individual dreams at the same time.
God can use these flashing pictures to create a goal that you're able to grow into with His help. He uses these images to gently draw you into what He's called you to do. It's almost as though He's playing on your curiosity. He gives you a glimpse of what He has planned for you and He is yearning for you to sit down and talk to Him about what He's placed on your heart.
God is not surprised with anything you come to Him with. He's the one who placed His desires within us. When we spend more time with God, it's not that we gain more dreams and visions for our lives, but rather we are able to discover who we are and what God has planned for us before we were even born. Godly desires are manifested when you "delight yourself in the Lord..." (Psalm 37:4). When you carry out Godly desires, it has an eternal affect on you and on those surrounding you.
A Picture of Light
God gave me a beautiful picture of Psalm 119, which says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path...." The word is equal to Jesus and Jesus is equal to the word (John 1:1). If you've accepted Christ, then the word is also written upon your heart (Romans 2:15). So the word, when put into practice, shines out from you. However, you're still in the process of following Jesus. When the word becomes a lamp unto your feet, you can only see a few feet in front of you. But it's all the light you need in order to take the steps necessary to stay on your path. You're following the light within you but Jesus is also in front of you, leaving light behind Him for you to follow. Every time Jesus moves, you're able to hop into his circle of light. Pretty soon, you're running alongside each other and you can't tell who's light (the word) is who's because they both exist as a result of two hearts simultaneously running hard after God's own heart.
As mentioned before, when you "Delight yourself in the Lord, He shall give you the desire of your heart" (Psalm 37:4). As you spend more time with Him, your desires are meshed together with His, as in the the picture of you and Jesus running side by side. You begin to walk more in the truth of His plans for you as you renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2). The fact that the word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path creates the idea that with each step we take with God, the light unto our path seems bigger and bigger as we step closer to it. In reality, it was a large, unfathomable path to begin with because God was the one who created it. It just begins to look bigger as you step closer to it. And God is so good. He only wants to show us one step at a time so that we won't get overwhelmed but also so that we can learn how to depend on Him daily in order to bring these "picture promises" to come to pass.