Death and Birth of a Vision
In February of 2006, I helped a friend stream the first sportsman level drag racing event over the web. We had a joint vision to bring the hero’s of sportsman drag racing to the public eye.
Over the next 2 years, we would stream numerous races and events related to drag racing. In October of 2007, we streamed our last race together. After nearly 2 years, we just could not make it work, no matter how hard we tried. My buddy went back to work in television and I went to school to start a course of study for a degree in computer technology.
The next couple of years it seemed like the vision I had for the ministry and webcasting sportsman drag racing had died. While I was still ministering at the races, it seemed flat…and the opportunity to webcast anything was non-existent. Everything I tried did not work. I stepped down as the chaplain for the last series we were involved in in the fall of 2008. I figured the Lord was changing what He wanted me to do, so I helped best I could at a buddies church and waited. When I finally let my vision go, that’s when the Lord started to work and show me His vision.
In June of 2009 we birthed Dragstory.com In the fall of 2009 He would call me to ministry at the track, a year later we would start streaming drag racing again and in the spring of 2011 start MotormaniaTV.com This time it was all very different. The Lord was blending the business and ministry like tea in water. I did not think it was possible to do such a thing. I never saw any of this coming. It’s amazing what can happen when you let go and let God. The vision He is showing me for the future is nothing short of phenomenal. Time to buckle up and hang on, this ride is about to get extreme.
Death and Birth of a Vision
by Os Hillman
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” – John 12:24
Almost every significant thing God births He allows to die before the vision is fulfilled in His own way.
-Abraham had a vision of being the father of a great nation (birth). Sarah was barren and became too old to have children (death). God gave Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age. He became the father of a great nation (fulfillment).
-Joseph had a vision that he would be a great leader and that many would bow down to him (birth). Joseph’s brothers sold him to some merchants and he became a slave. Later he was falsely condemned to spend his years in prison (death). God allowed Joseph to interpret the dreams of the butler and baker and later the king, whereupon, he was made a ruler in the land (fulfillment).
-Moses had a vision of leading his people out of the bondage of Egypt (birth). Pharaoh as well as his own people drove Moses out of Egypt after Moses’ first attempt to relieve their bondage (death). God gave Moses signs and wonders to convince Pharaoh to free the people and bring them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land (fulfillment).
-The disciples had a vision of establishing the Kingdom of God with Jesus (birth). The very ones He came to save killed Jesus, and the disciples saw Him buried in a tomb (death). God raised Jesus from the dead, and the disciples performed great miracles until the gospel had spread through all the world (fulfillment).
-A grain of wheat has a “vision” of reproducing itself and many more grains of wheat (birth). The grain dies in the ground (death). A harvest springs up out of the very process of “death” in the ground (fulfillment).
Has God given you a vision that is yet unfulfilled? If that vision is born of God, He will raise it up in His own way. Do not try to raise the vision in your own strength. Like Moses, who tried to fulfill the vision of freeing the Hebrews by killing the Egyptian, it will only fail. But wait on your heavenly Father to fulfill the vision. Then you will know that it was His vision when He fulfills it in the way only He can do.