Some years ago I read an item of news about a woman climber who believed she had experienced a miracle.
It began one day when high upon a granite cliff, her safety rope snapped. It caught her in one of her eyes, and dislodged her contact lens.
Her first hope was that the contact lens had landed on her clothing, but after careful searching, it was nowhere to be found.
Perhaps, she thought, it was on the ledge just below her, so she lowered herself down, and searched. But she didn’t find it.
She had to resign herself to climbing onwards, and seeing clearly out of only one eye.
Her climb took her to the top of the granite wall, where she celebrated a blurry success. After revelling in the view from the top of the cliff, she decided it was time to go down.
When she reached the bottom she decided to look there, too, for her lost contact lens. She prayed: “Lord, you can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and you know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”
As she searched, another group of climbers came near to get ready for their ascent of the granite wall.
Suddenly she heard one of them call out: “Hey, did anybody lose a contact lens?” That would have been startling enough, but the manner in which the climber had found it was even more startling.
It was an ant moving across the face of a rock carrying the lens that caught the second climber’s attention.
When the first climber got home, she told her father the story of her lost-and-found contact lens. He drew an illustration to mark the occasion. It showed a tiny ant carrying the giant lens on its back.
The caption read: “Lord, I don’t know why you want me to carry this heavy thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what you want me to do, I’ll carry it for you.”
I have just been reading of a book which reminds us that God most often comes to people in times of extremity.
Called “If You Want To Walk on Water, You Must First Get Out of the Boat,” it retells the story of St Peter having the faith to follow Jesus in the midst of a storm.
Although we think tranquility is essential to spiritual progress, God has a different value system.
Just ask the ant that carried a contact lens.