Motivational Series

The Indisputable Power of Vision -3

By: Idede Oseyande

“Trials and tests are what translate a vision from a mere wish to a goal or ambition”

‘And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.’

In God’s dealing with Abraham, He sold a vision to Abraham and then he ensured Abraham pictured the vision in other to be able to key into it.

Abraham did not ask for any land from God, yet God promised him a land. Again, he was asked to look at a whole nation. Even if it were a vast plain land, you will agree with me that the distance Abraham’s eyes would be able to cover would be just a few meters. I doubt if he could see more than two kilometres.

So why would God ask him to look at the land when He knows he could barely cover with his eyes, the land that can house his large family and his abundant cattle?

God was not referring to the physical eyes. It was a huge ambition that can only be pictured by the inner sight of the mind. The mind’s vision; this is why those whose ambitions are what they can see with their physical eyes and within reach are always ordinary people. Great people carry their visions like a burden in their hearts. They keep working towards it, a phase at a time.

“And it came to pass after these things, that God did test Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.”

When God promised Abraham that he will be the father of many nations, Abraham was childless. Ordinarily, any childless man would jump on that vision, not because he wanted the bigger picture of being the father of many nations, but to just have at least a child.

God needed to ascertain that Abraham was interested in the bigger picture of being a father of many nations and not just the comfort of having his biological son like everyone else.

So God asked him to sacrifice the son he got at his old age.

It is the test and trials that you surmounted in pursuit of your vision that will separate you from those who wished to accomplish the same feat as you.

When Abraham passed the test with excellent grades, God was rest assured that Abraham was ready to go all out to achieve that vision.

If you ask randomly, everyone around you will say they want to succeed in whatever they are doing. But why are so few people getting the results?

The answer is in the tests and trials.

Many are not ready to pay the price. Just like the previous analogy I gave with my undergraduate days. Those who paid the price and weathered the storm end up getting their dreamed grades.

That vision that your mind is telling you that is too high it is the flesh that doesn’t want to be forced to pay the price. The earlier you silence the voice and put your flesh under subjection, the better for you and the world in general.

Your vision is not impossible, don’t lose sight!



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About the author

Idede Oseyande

IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.

He currently runs an online advocacy platform ( where he engages the government and the people.

Among his published works are 'What is Left of What is Right?', 'The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader' and 'Warri No Dey Carry Last'.

He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.

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