Without A Vision, things die, Part Two

In the first part of this line of thought, I admitted I was puzzled about my eye being drawn to dead and abandoned things to take pictures of, where I used to mainly take pictures of new trees growing from stumps, and close ups of the many shades of green and types of shape there are in moss.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Scene closeup with stream in the background in the mountains near the Arlingtoncropped-p1000949.jpg

I’m still curious about that difference.

I also mused about how readily we abandon machinery or techniques for farming when something that promises (or guarantees) a better harvest yield comes along. But we don’t readily abandoned aged techniques of doing church if there is a promise of a better spiritual harvest. I have many theories about why that is. But they are for another time. For now, I’ll develop the thinking about death without a vision in place.

On Sunday May 19th I referred to The King James Translation of Proverbs 29 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. It is one of the few times I prefer to use a KJV translation because people ‘get it’ right away. Problem is, I can’t ethically use it, because the original language means something else. If you look at other translations of the same original words, you will find it put this way:

Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint  ASV

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint. ESV

Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint. RSV

Without guidance from God law and order disappear. CEV

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. NLT New Living Translation

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. NIV

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. THE MESSAGE

The translations above move from most literal at the top, to most interested in giving today’s equivalent meaning rather than a literal translation. I hope you can see that the way we usually understand vision (dream/plan/goal of where to go next) is not what is really meant by the verse. But I like how the NIV and others point to connection to God where it used to say “vision.” Anyway, it is true in life that without a sense of purpose and a passion for that purpose, people tend to lose their way. That’s the meaning I take out of it all.

And I am already wondering, as I mentioned once out loud already, if after a time of remembrances between the 75th anniversary (when I suppose many of the founders were still around) to the 100th, when you might have been realizing an important generation was going away, well, I’m wondering if looking in the rear-view mirror got the sense of looking ahead a bit lost. I tried this on a back-country road the other day, I tried driving while only looking in the rear-view mirror.  It can be done, but if there was a boulder in the middle of the road ahead of me, or an animal crossing, I would have hit it. And, after a time, I did wander toward the edge. Driving teachers tell you to look ahead, to look at where you want to go, not just in front of your vehicle.

I’m also curious, in relation to this, where your building plan fit in to actually looking forward. It’s one of the things I’ll be curious to hear about in my visits.

Whatever the answers to those wonderings are, it seems worth taking the time to figure out anew what we together can agree Nobleford CRC’s calling from God is in this community, and hopefully there will be passion rising from identifying and agreeing to that purpose, and where there is passion, there is life. Where passion is waning, so is life.


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