The Still Small Voice

The Art of Reflection - When visions fade from view

 Chapter Five, Part six





When visions fade from view

The Lord usually gives a ‘starter’ promise at the outset of some project or vision. Somewhere along the way, however, this almost invariably fades from view. This is when our faith is tested.

Gaining the Lord’s perspective requires persistence. When visions fade from view, our attempts to reflect on what is happening may feel alarmingly like a merry-go-round. We go over and over matters in our heads until it feels as though we are going in circles – rather like driving round and round Hyde Park Corner in London, until we begin to wonder if we are going to run out of gas. It is a great relief when we finally spot the direction sign we were searching for, and are free to continue the journey.

At a time when I was searching for a Personal Assistant, Sally Mowbray wrote to me out of the blue, offering her services. Not feeling anything either way, but realizing that it must have taken a lot of courage for her to write, Ros and I decided to go and visit her to see what the Lord might have in store.

Unbeknownst to us, a friend rang Sally just before we arrived to tell her that this was going to be a highly significant encounter. It quickly became abundantly obvious that this was entirely a ‘God-thing’ – and so it has proved to be. We are so grateful.

For Reflection and Prayer

In the English Lake District, I was intrigued to see a stream whose waters suddenly vanished underground, leaving an empty rock-strewn bed continuing down the mountainside. Geographers call this phenomenon a swallow hole.

Don’t panic if something similar happens to you spiritually. Stay true to the course the Lord has set you on. Push through the obstacles. Explore the possibilities. Leave no stone unturned. The waters will resurface further downstream!

Father, forgive us when we say that You have left us,
and speak and act as though our trials are too great
when, in reality, it is our trust which is too small.

Help us to embrace the royal road of repentance
and the gritty road of perseverance –
for somewhere along these paths
Your purposes will re-emerge and triumph.