“As it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit . . .” ( 1 Cor. 2:9, 10).
His parents had sent the young boy to Florida to spend the winter, but he was disgusted with the area of Florida he had been in. Then a few months later he met a botanist who kindled the boy’s interest in his favorite study. The boy became fascinated with the orchid and it’s strange life.
Looking at the orchids in the greenhouse one day, the botanist said enthusiastically: “You should see them in Florida, they are much better there; but these will give you some idea.”
The boy looked at him in amazement.
“I have been in Florida,” he said, “but I never noticed any of them.”
“Perhaps you did not look for them, “ answered his friend, “but they will not escape you the next time.”
That is the way if often is with the Bible. A person sees no beauty in it, but the Holy Spirit is ready to open the eyes of our understanding, and to teach us. It may be by some sermon or book which will lift a truth out of its hiding place and give it application to our life which it never seemed to have before.
From Book Four - Bible Illustrations, Heartwarming Bible Illustrations – Richard A. Steele, Jr. and Evelyn Stoner . AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN, 1998, Page 57.