Be Thou My Vision


I’ll never forget seeing her walk out onto the stage at The Crush. I was 15 years old and had begged to leave Florida one day early, so that I wouldn’t miss the concert. Along with the rest of the crowd of teens and 20-somethings, I watched her being escorted to the piano. She sat down and played the beginning chords of what would become one of my favorite hymns……

“Be Thou my vision,

O Lord of my heart”

This many years later, and I still love to hear Ginny Owens sing this (and any other) song. As a teenager, I understood why she was asking God to be her vision…..she was blind! That’s an easy thing to grasp….especially for someone whose vision is as horrid as mine! I could sing “Be Thou my vision” every time I try to stumble around our house without contacts 🙂 But as a teenager, I really didn’t get the full meaning of the song…….now it speaks volumes!

My dad’s letterhead had Proverbs 29:18 along the bottom. “Without a vision, the people perish.” He knew at a young age that he wouldn’t live to walk me down the aisle or to see his grandchildren, but he had a vision. He knew that sharing his experiences and faith would make a difference, no matter how many days he was given. He had a vision!

“Be Thou my vision,

O Lord of my heart”

I’ve been reading the story of Esther, and I love how you can see God working behind the scenes through the entire story.  The story doesn’t tell us why Queen Vashti refused to go to King Xerxes…..maybe she was tired, maybe she couldn’t stand dealing with someone that was drunk, maybe she was genuinely difficult to deal with…..but for whatever reason, she refuses to answer his call and is removed from her position. I can only imagine the drama that ensued when a queen was removed from the castle. You would hear me saying, “Can I at least take one tiara and a maid?!” But I digress….

Back to the story….

God just so happened to have a beautiful young girl lined up to win the king’s heart….and she just so happened to save His people from Haman’s evil plot. Right? Not hardly! We can all acknowledge that His hand was clearly at work behind the scenes……but could Esther see it at the time? As she was sent to a harem with hundreds of other girls she didn’t know? As she went before the king praying that he wouldn’t have her put to death for invading his presence without being called?


If Esther had seen herself through God’eyes, she would have seen that she had been placed in that exact spot “for such a time as this.” As our pastor says quite often, she was “made for more.” She wasn’t made to settle for her life in Susa….whatever that may have looked like. She was made for more!!!

“Be Thou my vision,

O Lord of my heart”

I can’t say how everything in all of our lives will be woven together for good, but I trust that they will be. For this year, my song will be: “Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart!” I pray that as we start a new year, He will show us his vision for our families and our lives! And that we will all dive headlong into the MORE that He has made us for!

“Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art”




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