It was a temptation too good to resist for preachers all over the world to preach their ‘Vision Message’ at the beginning of the year, referring to the year 2020, and implying good vision. Not that this is bad of course to preach a vision for the church, quite the reverse, as long as the vision is centred on Jesus.

The term 20-20 vision is American that refers to normal vision at the distance of 20 feet from a test board; it says nothing about any need for reading glasses or other limitations, so although by popular thought it implies perfect sight, this may be far from the truth.

All this talk of vision prompted my father-in-law to recall from his cavernous memory the Christmas message of King George VI in 1939, when he quoted a Poem by Minnie Louise Haskins published in 1912, which went like this:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.

All this puts me in mind of 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says:

‘We live by faith, not by sight.’

This verse is written in the context of living today in the assurance of our eternal destiny which is the kind of vision we are best to employ; a vision of Jesus, a vision of eternity with him, a vision of glory that puts our every day ups and downs into context. That is God centred 20-20 vision.

Happy 2020 to you!