In Daniel 10:14 the Lord is speaking to the prophet, saying to him: “Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days for the vision refers to days yet to come.” He was speaking about the Israelites, but it is ever, so applicable to you & me. For without a vision in life, you lack the compass that can give you meaningful direction, especially in those trials we all inevitably face.
As the Lord said to Daniel his vision would be focused on the future, and so it should be for us. Otherwise, there is only real peril for anyone, but especially believers, because as P. K. Bernard puts it: “A man without a vision is a man without a future, and a man without a future will always return to his past.” We’re simply not called to live in the past. Instead it’s the end-game that we should always be focused on. Jesus had his ups & downs, heartaches & disappointments, culminating with his death on the cross, but he never lost sight of His visionary mission.
I believe the take-away lesson for us is that while there are many circumstances & trials that come into and that leave our lives, they all should be encompassed by a singular vision. And it’s a vision that enables us to see all earthly pain & discomfort from a different perspective. In short, trials can be key in giving one’s life, real meaning & purpose. We need only the right vision