Many leaders I speak to have a painful account of the death of a vision. Some call it a business failure, a false start, an idea before its time…
Whatever term is used, the look of pain on the face of the storyteller is similar. There is a sadness, an insecurity hovering, an offense perhaps, but for sure a sense of loss. This is where the Vision can stop for all eternity, but it could be only the beginning.
I am moved by the story of Moses who rushed to action with his bare hands to rescue a brother from mistreatment. A righteous anger or sense of justice propelled him to action in the heat of the moment. He was going to save his friend from harsh treatment and rushed in with harshness of his own that cost a life. He finds himself in a decades-long wilderness where he had plenty of time to consider his reaction and the results. His desire had been to do a good thing, to be a deliverer. But, he was not yet qualified for the role of a deliverer and found himself in what I like to call Leadership School. Forty years pass by and Moses is now deployed officially by God to be a Deliverer of his people. He is now qualified.
What happened to Moses during his Leadership school that awarded him this new opportunity?
1. Moses adapted the posture of a learner rather than that of a ‘know it all’. We watch Moses display this new facet of his character when God presents an opportunity for learning in the form of a burning bush. Moses made a conscious decision to “turn aside” and see what this was. God was watching for a response like that of a learner and then, and only then, called Moses by name to give him his assignment.
2. Moses learned humility. When presented the invitation to deliver God’s people, Moses asks, ‘Who am I to do this job?’ Moses has gotten over himself and is now an humble man.
God planted a desire in Moses to be a deliverer. His impulsive actions led to the death of that vision within Moses as he was sent to the wilderness.
The death of a vision is a requirement for a resurrection of an exponentially larger version of the vision. When Moses had been qualified, God resurrected his vision of being a Deliverer on a grand scale and deployed him on his assignment.
Have you misinterpreted the death of a vision as a final statement? Have you been in Leadership School? Are you finding yourself positioned as a learner with a heart of humility? Then look out – because Resurrection Day is coming!