What’s a Miracle?

Maintaining the interest and focus of youth requires a great deal of energy and creativity. I learned that lesson over and over throughout the 15 years I served as a high school youth pastor.

In an effort to help them learn in new and interesting ways, I invited a scientist to make a presentation. I knew it was a risk, but you just have to keep trying. Dr. Hare was a geologist, a member of our congregation and a very creative guy.

When I arrived at the youth room that day, I discovered that he had set up two slide projectors—one on top of the other—with their lenses focused on the screen. After I got the majority of the youth into their seats and introduced Dr. Hare, he had the lights turned down and he began.

“I would like to show you some of my favorite slides,” he said.

He advanced the slides, and a picture appeared on the screen, but it seemed blurry and out of focus. He advanced to another one, and it seemed even more fuzzy.

Then Dr. Hare asked for the lights to be turned back on.

“I’m so sorry about the appearance of the pictures,” he said. “I forgot to give you these special glasses.”

They looked like cheap cardboard glasses with colored plastic film where the lens should be. After everyone had put on the funny-looking glasses, the lights were turned off, and Dr. Hare proceeded.

This time, the pictures were in focus—bright, beautiful and in 3-D. The young people were reaching out and trying to touch the clouds and the flowers.

At the conclusion, Dr. Hare explained that this set-up duplicated the process of how human beings see.

“Our eyes are two lenses that take in the light. One lens polarizes the vertical light and the other the horizontal light. Our brain then processes the picture, and we see in three dimensions. Even though I understand the process, I am still amazed by God’s creation, and I believe our ability to see is a miracle!”

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

October 9, 2008