Both the Wismers received their 2nd shot today.  So far so good, but let’s see how we feel tomorrow. It seems the day after is more difficult. I share this bit of information, just in case we aren’t able to send an email out. Hopefully, I’ll do my Boy Scout thing today and be prepared. As I sit comfortably in my thinking chair pondering, I wanted to touch upon the notion of vision. There are some very smart people in our world with vision. Vision gives purpose. Vision is not only what we see, but it is also the way in which we see and live. I heard it once said, “Sight is a function of the eyes while vision is a function of the heart; vision is seeing the future before it comes into being. It is the ability to see farther than your eyes can look and it makes the unseen visible and the unknown possible.” I remember telling the story about a guy named Walter. It was the early 1960s.  He took his very good friend Arthur for a ride way out in the country. They drove off the main road and through groves of trees to a large uninhabited expanse of land. A few horses were grazing and a couple of old shacks remained. Walter stopped the car, got out, and started to describe with great vividness the wonderful things he was going to build. He wanted his friend Arthur to buy some of the land surrounding his project to get in on the ground floor. But Arthur thought to himself, “Who in the world is going to drive this many miles for this crazy project?” Walter explained to Arthur, “I can handle the main project myself. But the land bordering it, where we’re standing now, in just a couple of years will be jammed with hotels and restaurants and convention halls to accommodate the people who will come to spend their entire vacation here at my park.” He continued, “I want you to have the first chance at this surrounding acreage, because in the next five years it will increase in value several hundred times.” Years later as Arthur retold the story, he said, “What could I say? I knew he was wrong.” Arthur then promised to look into it a little later on, but he never followed through. And so, Art Linkletter didn’t have the vision and turned down the great opportunity to buy up all the land that surrounded what was to become Disney World.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish… ”

Reflection Questions:
What do you envision happening in your life this year?
What opportunity did you not let pass?
Who is/was the visionary in your family?

Prayer: Holy God, help me to trust your vision for my life, for our lives and for your creation.  With vision there is purpose and with purpose great things can happen.  Amen.