You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. ~Woodrow Wilson
Sugarplums were deceitful. They were candy-coated seeds and nuts, most likely intended as indigestion remedies.
But in their heyday, children probably considered them like today’s kids do M&M’s. They were candy. So when Clement Moore tells us that the children have visions of sugarplums, they were dreaming sweet dreams.
We tell sweet dreams to others. Sometimes we also tell our nightmares to our bunk mate or roomy.
Seldom do we tell our visions, though.
Because you just never know how people will take them. Will they believe you? Do you believe yourself?
Peter was having visions while he was praying. He followed through on the visions’ directives and traveled to Caesarea to welcome Gentiles into the kingdom.
When the Jewish apostles and believers heard about it, they believed the vision because it matched what Jesus had told them while he was still on Earth.
I have had visions as well. I don’t often throw my visions out to the public because, like Peter, I’m just a bit unsure how it will be accepted. You may ask how I know if a vision is true or from God?
I think Peter gives us some guidelines.
If the vision sounds outlandish or perhaps even against the normal “rules” of the church, does the vision occur more than one time?
If it does occur more than once, go to the second criteria: does it follow God’s word? If so, you can be reasonably sure you have a vision from God.
The last criteria is where you have to step out in faith.
When you follow the vision, does it lead you to success? Do others believe you?
God gives visions to his followers so that great things can be accomplished for the kingdom. Visions freed the Israelites from slavery. Visions kept them from entering losing battles. And visions declared that Gentiles were part of the kingdom as well.
What if Peter hadn’t obeyed the vision?
How will the kingdom be affected if you don’t obey?
You will never know what might have been, but you will always know what isn’t.