Daily Archives: August 7, 2008

Romans 1:20 and an example…

I wrote a whole post dealing with the fact that we are without excuse when it comes to a belief in God.  Of course one of the key verses behind this idea is Romans 1:20.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 1:20

I was watching the old movie about the life of Helen Keller when she was first introduced to Annie Sullivan; The Miracle Worker.  If you haven’t seen it, you should.  It shows the struggle that both student, Helen, and teacher, Annie, go through in order to reach and teach Helen who was both blind and deaf…and pretty much wild.  While I was watching it, two thoughts popped into my head.

One came to me as Annie physically wrestles with Helen to teacher her how to sit at a table, with a plate in front of her, and eat off of it with a spoon, instead of like an animal.  It has to be akin to how the Holy Spirit and the “old man” or old nature struggles within us once we are saved.  The Holy Spirit changing us from within, helping us to “see” what needs to be changed, and teaching us how, but our flesh still wrestling back, even if the change will be for our good…

The second thought was more like a reminder of one of my favorite facts about Helen. Helen Keller, the woman who was deaf and blind, and could not speak or understand any sort of language, in the beginning even sign language explained:

“In one of her letters, Helen told Bishop Brooks that she had always known about God, even before she had any words. Even before she could call God anything, she knew God was there. She didn’t know what it was. God had no name for her — nothing had a name for her. She had no concept of a name. But in her darkness and isolation, she knew she was not alone. Someone was with her. She felt God’s love. And when she received the gift of language and heard about God, she said she already knew.” from Phillips Brooks and Helen Keller.

Think on that!  Does it need any more discussion?

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