How many of us have sight? Well if we are on the computer, it stands to reason we can see. But that doesn't mean we necessarily have a vision.
Vision does not require functioning eyes, but it does require a mind with an intellect that is capable of producing a dream, an imagination, and a reasonably attainable goal. Looking back at the many visions that have come to fruition over the many years, I have to wonder how many of them truly started with pure luck?
Some, maybe. But I would have to say that the vast majority of them were born of a vision created in the mind of a person who dared to set a goal, came up with a plan, and implemented it through skill, perseverance, and hard work.
Helen Keller had to have some vision or else how could she have any real knowledge or understanding. While I cannot connect with her in most of her political leanings, we can come to appreciate how hard she must have worked to break out of her isolation that was imposed upon her, through no fault of her own.
Others have been credited with defining vision. Jonathan Swift is quoted as saying, "Vision is the art of seeing the invisible." Maybe we can modify that just a bit to read: Vision is the art of seeing the unseen.
If it were not for my faith, I honestly believe I would be devoid of vision and understanding, about a great many things in this world. Without it, my vision would be altered, maybe even non-existent.
And what is faith? Many people have tried to define it over the many years. But I think Paul best defines it in Hebrews 11:1, saying:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
When we think about it, the definition is somewhat abstract. But at the same time it's still concrete. In some ways, it's tangible, but also intangible; confusing, but otherwise clear.
Maybe understanding faith is murky, but there are things we can understand about the need for vision. Solomon wrote clearly and concisely, in Proverbs 29: 18, the following:
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
We have heard the saying "the blind leading the blind". It is my belief that Solomon, being the wise man he was, had a deeper understanding of this concept than anyone else in his day. And although his personal life became a mess in his later years, he had ample wisdom to govern, as one of the fairest and most justice-oriented kings in the history of the world.
For us, we need not a kingdom to require or acquire a vision. All we need is an open heart and an open mind, then allow our intellects to work uninhibited. What we cannot formulate on our own, I believe God will make up the difference. Once we have it, we can see the way we should lead those who have been charged to our care. Families, those under us at work, all need guidance. We cannot guide if our vision is lacking or tainted.