Seeing is more than observing what is in one’s line of sight. It is easy to define what the eye beholds when there is no interest in the deep things. Oh, but when one has a passion to look deeper into what lies before him, that is when mysteries are solved and hidden places are revealed. Vision is not simply seeing, vision is interpreting. If one only accepts what the eye beholds as the final word, then the journey might be without cause or purpose. However, when one has vision and interprets what the eye beholds, then the journey comes alive and draws him into a dimension of endless possibilities! Vision produces possibilities where simply seeing produces only a stagnant image.
The writer of Habakkuk 2:2 writes, “Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.’” Why run? Run to something, or run from something? Run in fear, or run with passion? The writer was actually recording Yahweh’s response to the disobedience of a son. Yahweh said “run!” Not because one simply reads what is written. That is so shallow. But run because the reader interprets what is written as life giving and full of power and he can’t help but run! The reader who looks deeper into what he sees and does not accept it at face value can access all that lies within what has been seen. He is empowered! Vision is more than seeing, it is imagining all the possibilities that lie within what one sees. That is the value of vision.