Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
While following the Emergent Village twitter about the first ever Catholic-Emergent Conference that is currently happening in New Mexico, Brian McLaren, one of the speakers, said, “…what you’re focused on determines what you miss…” and it made me wonder about what I am missing.
Sometimes, we are clear about that, and as the woman did, we get out the lamp and sweep carefully to find what we lost. But, what about the things that are falling away because we are using a narrow vision (even blinders) to view our world. I know we cannot absorb it all. There is so much information … so much happening. We cannot see, hear, taste or touch it all. And yet, we must also remember, that there are times, when we must pull back and get the bigger picture. We must be willing to “enlarge our tent” and look more expansively. As we step back, we may realize we have indeed lost something valuable. And once we do, we should be diligent in finding what we lost.