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!

The Miracles of Sight


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My father-in-law has gone blind. He had become dependent on someone else for transportation and to assist him with errands. Part of his independence is gone.

Imagine being born blind. You have never seen anything – no light, no color, no shapes, no people, not even your own parents. It’s not a matter of black, white and gray, only black. The doctors of today don’t exist. You are forced to beg for your very survival. Pharisees think you are blind because you are a sinner. Life is very harsh.

Now consider the miracle of the restoration of sight as you read this story:

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” Mark 8:22-26

 

The fact the man can see – we understand this is a miracle. But is it just one miracle?

I remember getting to hold my son for the first time. I remember his eyes; he just looked at me. He had not seen my face before. I carried him for nine months, but he had never seen me. He had only heard my voice. My son had to learn what “mom” looked like. Babies must be taught references to all objects so they eventually understand what they see.

If you were born blind and were suddenly able to see, as an adult, what would you understand?

We get the answer from the movie, At First Sight. Val Kilmar’s character, Virgil, is blind, but gains sight during the movie. There is a scene where bandages are removed from his eyes and he can see. Images that mean nothing to Virgil begin to flood his brain. He is overwhelmed. Suddenly being able to see is a terrifying experience because he had no point of reference to understand the objects, colors, shapes, speed, depths and other perceptions.

Getting back to the story of Jesus healing a blind man, what are the miracles in this story? I believe there are at least four.

  1. Restoration of sign
  2. Knowing what the images were that he saw
  3. Understanding the relevance of each image he saw
  4. Independence, for the first time in his life.

We have become so familiar with some Bible stories we do not realize the power they hold.

May we look at Scripture with a fresh set of eyes.

Blessings on your day.

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