• Color Blind Student’s Reaction Moves Hearts, Proclaims Awesome Truth

    Surge Summary: A young man’s reaction to seeing color for the first time catches fire on social media, moves hearts and inspires a profound thought about creation, the Creator — and the meaning of it all.

    Footage of a Minnesota boy’s reaction to seeing colors for the first time is moving viewers across the internet – and confirming a sublime truth as old as creation. His older brother posted the video of the fascinating moment on social media.

    Here’s background from Breck Dumas/The Blaze:

    Jonathan Jones, 12, was born with severe color blindness. His principal at Lakeview Public School, Scott Hanson, has the same condition, and brought his own pair of enchroma glasses to class one day, urging Jonathan to gaze through the special shades.

    The delightful incident was caught on video and passed onto Twitter by Jonathan’s big brother, Ben. No surprise, it promptly went viral.

     

    In the clip, Jonathan can be seen taking off his everyday glasses and putting on the enchroma shades in front of his classmates and his mom, who came to witness his reaction. First, Jonathan laughs while looking around, speechless, giving a thumbs up …

    Then the young man breaks down in tears.

    Principal Hanson then rushes to embrace Jonathan, saying, “Come here, dude, I’m so happy for you.” Walking back to the front of the room, the principal can be heard telling the class, “Hey, now that just tells you how beautiful a world you have.”

    Yep! Long before the school administrator, another observer declared, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. (Psalm 145:4,5).

    The Psalmist David was certainly one who appreciated the magnificence of God’s handiwork all around him – sea, sky, lands … colors, too, no doubt!

    It’s likely Jonathan Jones can now identify.

    Later, to WTTG-TV, older bro Ben said of his little sibling,

    “He doesn’t like to show emotion, but was so overwhelmed that he couldn’t hold it in. He’s the sweetest kid in the universe.”

    Meantime, Principal Hanson lent Jonathan the enchroma glasses for a few days, mentioning to his mom and dad maybe they could buy him a pair. Jonathan’s mother, Carole, has since started a GoFundMe to raise the money for that very purchase.

    As of this writing, the crowdsourcing campaign asking for $350 to buy Jonathan’s glasses had reached more than $10,700. All of the additional proceeds will be donated to “a foundation who purchases color blind glasses for those who can’t afford them.”

    “Thank you for all your love and compassion,” Carole wrote on the GoFundMe. “We are overwhelmed and encouraged to know there are so many amazing people in this world who would help a young man they have never met.”

    The lad’s response to the color chart (see video) – or, for all that, to the comparatively mundane color-packed scene of a classroom stocked with a bunch of other kids and a couple adults – reminds us of the glory of the world bequeathed to us by the Maker of all things. It also prompts a question: If there is no God, what is the long-term meaning of beauty, beyond a mere, accidentally pleasurably phenomenon?

    This Thanksgiving time, let’s be grateful to the Creator for the magnificence of our natural world. Let’s be grateful for color!

    H/T: Breck Dumas/The Blaze

    Image: Screen Shot: https://twitter.com/BenJones_5/status/1197599034841518080


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