Ruminate on the Word (Genesis 15:1-7), turning it over in your heart and mind. What does the word or phrase you have chosen mean to you today?
In the second movement of visio divina, we are asked to ruminate on the word or phrase that stood out to us, turning it over and over in our hearts and minds, and asking what meaning God may have for us in it.
The word that stands out to me is “vision”. I have read this passage before, yet never noticed that it is labeled as a vision. To me it does not change the content of the conversation substantially, yet it frames it in a new way.
This is a conversation that is set apart from Abraham’s normal life — there’s something special here. It is as if God is calling a “time out”, and the action stops while the game is analyzed and the next steps are planned. I feel more movement when I focus on it being a vision. God is showing Abraham the extent of their relationship and covenant, and re-centering Abraham on those truly important things. Abraham has only to trust in God to remain in right relationship.
I might wish that God would call a time out in my own life, take me apart to show me visions of stars and descendents. But as I reflect on these words, I am aware that I have this opportunity in a small, every-day way. What is keeping me from setting aside time to spend with God, to recenter myself on my relationship with God, and to look into my future with God at my side?
© Abraham and Sarah, Donald Jackson, 2003. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.