The Precious Gift of Sight


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Psalm 146:8

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

Saying, “The gift of sight is precious” sounds cliche, and it is an over-used phrase, but it is true. I recently learned how wonderful the gift of sight is and how much I have taken my vision for granted.

I woke up from a nap one lazy Sunday afternoon, to discover darkness over a part of my field of vision. Fortunately, my ophthalmologist had warned me I was susceptible to a detached retina and instructed me on the warning signs. My husband took me to the emergency room where, after numerous tests to confirm I was not having a stroke, I was sent to an eye specialist. That specialist sent me to a retina specialist where I had emergency retina surgery on a holiday weekend.

The recovery from surgery required that I not drive, read, text, type, or anything else that required the use of my eyes. My vision was also very blurry and my eye was swollen. Using one eye meant my depth perception was incorrect and I needed help to get around. I was dependent on someone else for a few days. It’s very hard to not be able to be rely on yourself for routine tasks.

Of the five senses, I believe sight is the most precious. The sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch are very helpful and allow us to enjoy God’s creation. However, the ability to see allows us to be more independent, to read, and take in the beauty of landscapes, sunsets, and the faces of those we love. In fact, sight is responsible for four-fifths of the information our brain receives (Sightsavers.org). Sight is possible because of the complex way light enters your eyes, touches the retina, and sends enormous amounts of information to your brain, instantly. The ability to see should point us to God and remind us how fearfully and wonderfully we are made (Psalm 139:14).

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Please join me in praising and thanking God for the gift of sight, and how he made each of us with so many ways to enjoy Him and His Creation.

Blessings on your day!

3 thoughts on “The Precious Gift of Sight

  1. Hi Julie, Of all the gifts our God has given us, I find sight to be the most precious. He has called me to be a witness through photography and thus my sight is extremely valuable. At this point in life, I am nearing 81 and can smell very little and hear about as much without the aid of a hearing device which thankfully lets me sleep undisturbed at night. However I have macula degeneration (that extra sensitive center portion of retina) and center vision in the left eye has gone dark. (Only peripheral vision left) The right eye is losing ground extremely slowly but am still doing photography and loving my Lord and savior, Yeshua. Thanks for this post.

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  2. Julie, it is so good to hear from you, although I’m sorry you had to go through that experience. Thank you for sharing it with us, and for reminding me how amazing is God’s careful and wonderful creation of us. I’ll be praying for a complete recovery.
    Connie

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