Chuck Terrill: A new set of eyes?
A passenger on a large jet was observed acting strangely.
He looked at the magazine in the seat back pouch and whispered, “Wonderful!” He stroked the fabric of his seat cushion and repeated that word, “wonderful!” He looked out the window and said, “Wonderful!” He looked at the Hostess, and uttered, “Wonderful!”
The eccentric man’s seatmate was uneasy. “What’s this ‘Wonderful, wonderful!’ all about?” he demanded.
“Up until two days ago, I had been blind since birth. I visited a gifted surgeon, and now I can see! Everything looks wonderful to me!”
Most of us have been able to see since birth. If truth be told, after all this time, we have lost our sense of wonder. Things don’t look “wonderful” to us, anymore.
The situation in America doesn’t look good. The escalating spread of virus. Our politicians discourage us. The unending health care debate is disconcerting. North Korea and Iran are developing intercontinental missile systems. Antarctica is losing record numbers of icebergs. Obesity is on the rise. Chicago is under the control of the National Guard. Opiate use is epidemic. Murders, rapes and thefts are on the increase. Islam continues to sanction gruesome jihad. We are reminded of calamities every day.
And, on television, once a respite from bad news, we are bombarded with indecent sexual and homosexual-themed sitcoms. Unending hours of murders are solved by CSI, and NCIS. We are so given over to despair that even our recreational time is spent watching that which feeds our discouragement, and we don’t even notice.
Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a new set of eyes? The Great Physician is still touching blind eyes. Everything becomes ‘Wonderful’ when we have seen Him. Look to Jesus. Focus on Him. He knows, and is still in control.
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus; Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim; In the light of His glory and grace" (Helen H. Lemmel, 1922).
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.