“And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, ‘Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?’”
Recently I was listening to an episode of the radio show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,” and the celebrity caller for the program was Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the head of the Hayden Planetarium, astrophysicist, and all-around interesting guy. During the program, Dr. Tyson had to answer three multiple choice questions. Getting two of the three correct would win a listener a prize. He was stumped two out of the three times. The host made a bit of a big deal out of the fact that they had stumped someone so smart.
Unruffled by the jabs Tyson said something that caught my ear. He said, “I choose to look at this differently. I didn’t get two questions wrong and one right, I learned two new things today that I didn’t know when I got up this morning.”
Jesus chose to look at things differently. He didn’t see the rules of the sabbath, he chose to look at the situation differently. Jesus saw the man with dropsy. Jesus encourages us to look at our fellow humans differently–seeing not the inadequacies or the short-comings, or the brokenness, but seeing the beloved child of God.
How will you look at the world, and those whom you encounter today differently? How will you choose to look with fresh eyes?