Vision is a wonderful thing. It sets our path, it guides us and keeps us going when things get tough. All of us should have a vision or guiding purpose that's the reason for why we do what we do. It's a passion and a calling.
Sometimes our vision gets blurred. Many times it's because we allow doubt to overtake us.
Doubt is subtle. It's a wavering between hope and fear. When we hear criticism or hit large or small obstacles, there's doubt raising it's head and we're caught in the middle. We "hope" to move on, but we "fear" at the same time. 1 Kings 18:21 reminds us, "How long will you halt and limp between two options?" How long indeed. The more we're stuck in the middle the more frustrated we feel and many times, we give up.
Or, we're stuck. We're distracted from our vision, our passion, and our calling.
Doubt is not natural. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans, [every man has] a "measure of faith." We have faith in our hearts that drives our vision and then doubt comes and our faith is covered up. It fogs the window of our passion and vision.
I love how Abraham dealt with doubt. In Genesis 17, God comes to Abram (soon to be Abraham). He's ninety-nine years old and his wife is ninety! God reminds him of the covenant and that He will, "multiply you [Abram] exceedingly." God's telling Abram, "Hold on, you and Sarah are gonna have kids just like I told you before." God goes on to say, "I will make you exceedingly fruitful."
Abraham/Abram had been given a promise by God. Many years had come and gone and there still wasn't a child. Abraham, however didn't let doubt into his vision. I'm sure he was regularly attacked with it, but he stood firm. Paul writes about Abraham, "He grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He promised."
Doubt is a choice. We can pick it up, or we can, like Abraham, choose to trust, be satisfied where we are and know that the vision given to us is clear. We can set our mind to believe that when doubt creeps in, something is wrong and we need to fall back on our passion and vision instead of letting fear and no hope invade our thoughts.