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Topic: See (07/22/10)
TITLE: An Unseen Blessing
By Jim Oates
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Spotting things a long way off were easy for me. I remember driving with my brother one time and as we crested a hill I told him to let up on the gas as there was a police car up ahead. To my amazement he could not make it out but took my word for it just the same. I was always proud of my eye sight not realizing this was a blessing or where it came from.
In my early days God just didn't enter the picture; I never thought much about Him or the blessings He had bestowed on me. It was all about me, I was young and strong and had received gifts that I had taken for granted.
Although I had very little training in spiritual things as a child; as I matured God began to get my attention, He put a desire in my heart to question how things came about. I began reading my mother's bible and was fascinated by the creation story. Not only did He have a part to play in creation but I found out that God had everything to do with the creation of all things. A light came on and now I began to see with my spiritual eyes as well as my physical eyes. Not only did He create the universe, He created me and all that I am.
As I said at the beginning, I was very proud of my good eyesight and took it for granted. Something I should have learned long ago was not to take any of God's blessings for granted.
I was now married and our children were grown and my wife and I were in the empty nest time of our lives. One day as my we were in a restaurant sitting by the window; it seemed as if a cloud was passing, causing a shadow to darken the room on my left. I soon realized it wasn't a cloud, I closed one eye then the other; there was something wrong with my left eye. It was like I was looking through a palm tree. This was a very frightening experience.
The eye doctor put me on blood thinner as I had a blood clot in my eye. After some time the palm leaves cleared but it was like looking through a milk glass that had just been emptied of its contents. I still had a good right eye, so I managed pretty well. A few years later I had the same experience in my right eye.
Oh God! How am I going to mange now? Please help?
After a few weeks of depending on my wife even more than ever, I noticed that my left eye was beginning to clear, amazingly it began compensating for the right one. Thank God for that. As the left eye cleared I was left with a loss of peripheral vision on the extreme left but I could live with that. The right has cleared some, I can't read with it as letters are distorted but I can see the big picture. I have to be extra careful driving and walking.
Do I still take things for granted? No, I learned that the only things I can take for granted are the provisions of God. My health along with my eye sight is not what it once was but I'm in good shape for the shape I'm in. I can see God's grace and mercy all around me. Am I still proud? Oh yes! But my pride is no longer in myself but in my God who provides for all my needs according to His riches in glory through Jesus Christ my Lord.
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