The time has come when I am due for a “vision test”. The probing question by the optometrist always leaves me feeling as if the answer to “Which is better – this… or this… A…. or B…” is clear to everyone but me. Sometimes, perhaps to simply keep me from getting up and leaving, I think he or she puts in one that it would be obvious to anyone, even me. Most of the time, however, by the time I think I have the “correct” answer, I have already forgotten the identifying response… was that an A or B? or a 1 or 2? Or 1st or last?
As with so many English words, we speak of different kinds of “vision” with the same word…. The physical ability to see… the ability to see and conceptualize what is going on around me… and the connection with the purposes and plans that engulf the future and even the process of getting there.
As we make our way through the summer as a church and into the fall, we certainly are invited to take a look around and see what is happening. I’d like to invite the entire congregation from leadership through attenders to go beyond what we “see” to prayerfully consider the vision of what God is doing in our midst at any given time, AND prayerfully seek what God is calling us to and where God is leading.