His brush with a high-voltage wire is a blessing he says he wouldn’t trade.
“He has just a real maturity about where he is and his understanding of Christ and his view of the world,” said Cox, who meets with Wiens regularly. “There is an acceptance of what happened to him as God’s providence. He has a very strong view of the sovereignty of God.
“He’s not angry at God over it at all.”
Wiens spends a good deal of time in the Word, especially with what he calls an “addiction” to Old Testament wisdom literature in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He also sees the beauty of people made in God’s image.
“The only thing I can see is their heart,” Wiens said of people he encounters. “And I was a pretty judgmental person when I was sighted. There is more beauty in people than what we see with our eyes. Being blind has given me the ability to really know others”— what he calls a “serious gift of discernment.”
The vanity spoken of in Ecclesiastes resonates with Wiens.
“We worry about so much that doesn’t matter. Cars, houses, wedding rings, whether one’s spouse is the most attractive,” Wiens observed. “We have the ability to stop those stressors. But we don’t. And Solomon sums it up—it doesn’t matter.”
Wiens said he appreciates his pastor because “he’s not detached.”
“I feel enlightened every time we end our conversation. I am blessed,” Wiens said.
It would be trivially easy to turn Wien's misery into the worst form of Christian "chicken soup for the soul" glurge. Objectively, it would have been better had he not nearly died after his brush with an electrical wire that ablated his face and left him blind. Anecdotes such as these don't allow one to form a robust theodicy. There are however a number of such anecdotes in which the person who suffered believes he or she is better person for having suffered, and would not go back to their former situation if they were given the chance. Since it is that person's experience which is the metric by which we can judge the intrinsic worth of their life experience, any non-theistic argument which implies God is sadistic or unfeeling for not intervening to prevent that adverse outcome is not as strong as it would appear. If the only way that person could come to God was via such an arduous pathway, then even God's hands are tied.
Edited by Ken Gilmore, 22 March 2011 - 05:02 AM.