| There are moments in life that can change everything. Unexpected events with the power to dramatically transform our families, our faith or our careers. I had such an experience almost 36 years ago.
In October 1982, I’d just started work as a film editor at Moody Institute of Science. I was also being groomed to eventually head up the production department. Moody employed a part-time research consultant. His name was Dave McLaren. Dave was a retired science teacher and a curriculum advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School district. He was also a very wise man with a deep love for the Lord.
One Tuesday morning, Dave walked into my office bursting with excitement (actually, he was always excited). He placed a potted dandelion plant on the floor and exclaimed: Lad, you’re looking at a miracle. This is one of the great wonders of the world! My response was less than enthusiastic: Dave, that’s a weed. I purposely killed dozens of them in my front yard last weekend. Undeterred by my lack of enthusiasm, he launched into a 15-minute ode to the glories of this underappreciated plant.
Dave started with the leaves. They’re biological factories that convert sunlight into chemical energy that produces the oxygen we breathe. Then he pointed to the flowers: They have a lot of nutritional value. They’re loaded with vitamin A, C, B12 and iron.