If there is one thing I have learned in my many years of living, it would have to be the importance of good vision.
Good vision is everything to us, I wake up in the morning and the first thing I do is open my eyes. That is a blessing that I can open my eyes, see my daughters lovely face, the filtered sunlight coming through my window, the on button for my coffee maker. That is a blessing for sure. As a Special education teacher I have worked with students who are blind.
Can you imagine? How hard must it be to hear your peers talking and having fun, but not be able to see them or feel like you can take part in their camaraderie? To not be able to see a sunset, or a puppy, or a beautifully orchestrated ballet; that is something I could not bear.
I have always bragged about my vision. When I was young I consumed mass amounts of carrots, thanks to those 70’s parents who told us that carrots improved your vision. I guess it is possible there was something to that. You see I am the youngest of 8 siblings and the only one who doesn’t wear glasses for something. I can see street signs from very far away. I can read tiny print in dim light, with my very fluffy cat sitting on my lap. I have been blessed with great vision. But sometimes our vision fails us.
I have been through a terrible tragedy in my life, and I have to tell you I was “blindsided”. My vision, which I have always trusted, failed me. But it seems to me that when something we rely on fails us we need to get it checked out, readjust it, or replace it. My plan is to readjust my blurry vision.
My new focus is on Jesus, I know if I can keep my eyes on him I will come through the fire stronger and more refined. That is my goal, it always has been my goal, yet sometimes trials and daily tedium get our eyes off the prize, so to speak.
I could beat myself up for not seeing the signs, or not guarding my heart better, or putting myself in the position that lead to this point. Yet the reality is, everything I have been through and the things I am going through, have shaped me into a pretty awesome person.