I have been meaning to blog more on faith and science, but I have been stuck on other tasks first. In the meantime I heard about this illustration that seemed perfect for Our Daily Journey. I have embedded links to the video and the Washington Post article in case any of you may want to use it in a sermon sometime (which is where I first heard it!).
read > John 1:1-18
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him (v. 10).
One of the world’s finest violinists performed Bach and Schubert in a Washington, D.C. subway, and over a thousand commuters hurried right on by. Some wore ear buds or chatted loudly into their cell phones while others were rushing too fast to pause for Joshua Bell’s unexpected treat. Many people did stop for lottery tickets, but even as they waited in line no one turned around to enjoy the violinist who three days before had sold out an auditorium of $100 seats.
We also can be so immersed in the banal flurry of life that we fail to hear the music of God. “The heavens proclaim the glory of God,” wrote David. “The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known” (Psalm 19:1-2). Every sunrise, cloud, and flower is a revelation from God. Do you hear it?
Psalm 104 recounts the many ways God sustains our lives. Your job, church, and faithful friend are God’s grace notes to you. Can you hear them?
Most important, John declares that Jesus is God’s light to the world but “the world didn’t recognize him.” It’s easy to doubt your beliefs when you’re surrounded by people who don’t see in Jesus what you hear. But what if you’re the normal one?
Only seven people stopped to listen during the 43 minutes that Joshua Bell performed. One of them was John Picarello, who parked himself by a shoeshine stand and looked around, bewildered, at the other commuters scurrying past. When interviewed later he said that “other people just were not getting it. It just wasn’t registering. That was baffling to me.”
Few people notice that their lives pulsate with the love of God. Put breaks in your day—come to a full stop—so you do.