‘Keeping an eye on things whether they exist or not’


The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge - Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville



We humans can be busy with activities and worries whether they are important or don’t even exist. Billy Collins, the poet, says it so well in his poem, “Vocation.” Viewing the night sky he sees an airplane fly, the Big Dipper, and even stars that appeared to him like a constellation of a pig. And after many days and nights he discovered his true vocation: “keeping an eye on things whether they exist or not, recumbent under the random stars.”

For logical minds this might seem like a waste of time. But for those with an imagination there is more to life and creation than just those things that can be measured and proven. Realities exist in our minds that we can see and foresee, just as inventors see their inventions before they exist. Realities are birthed in the mind’s eye before they enter the reality scheme.

This is the kind of mystical vision that some pursue in the spiritual journey. God is not limited to what we can see

and prove. God lives in our imaginations to hint at wonders beyond what we see. God is infinite wonder. The marvel of all that is and that can be is beyond human comprehension – but perhaps not beyond our imaginations. There may be times on the spiritual journey when it makes sense to keep an eye on things whether they exist or not. What you envisage may come true.

Happy New Year!

The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge

Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville

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