After trekking through the mountains of Papua New Guinea to bring the Gospel, the good tidings of reconciliation between God and man through Jesus Christ, to the tribes there, Russell Deibler developed an advanced case of jungle rot in his feet.
His young wife Darlene had to clean and care for his diseased feet while he recuperated. In her book 'Evidence Not Seen' Darlene Deibler Rose writes about this and Dr. Robert Jaffray and his reaction to it...
One morning after Russell had told the final episode of his story, Dr. Jaffray walked into the bedroom and saw me tearing the dead tissue off Russell's feet, the blood and pus running.
A wave of nausea passed over his face; then he turned and without a word abruptly left the room. He closeted himself in his bedroom...
About four that afternoon, he walked out and laid a manuscript on the table in front of me. I picked it up and read the editorial for our field magazine, The Pioneer: 'This morning I looked at the bleeding feet of a missionary, saw his wife tending them, saw the blood and pus running from them and thought to myself, "What a nauseating sight that is!"
But, as I walked from the room... I remembered - "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good tidings" - good tidings to men and women like those in New Guinea...'
It is true. We are enabled to see beauty! in some of the most difficult things when viewed through the lens of our Lord's Word and His eternal perspective.