This is my 10th anniversary of my open-heart surgery. As it is also a 10-year anniversary of this Lenten Devotional I am going to share with you again. I’m doing this for two reasons. The first is that nothing inspired me to think of something new to write, and the second is because thinking of my surgery always brings back this memory of a very special moment in the Cardiologist office waiting my turn.
I sat down beside this gentleman who shared with me that he was 82 years old at that time and due to an accident 12 years before, he lost his sight. So, after being blind for those 12 years, he found a surgeon who was willing to try an operation that he felt might work. It seemed to be worth all the risk to take this chance. He had the surgery and gained sight in one eye! This man was so excited and proud to share his story with me. He then pulled a newspaper clipping from his wallet and passed it to me so I could read his story. As I read the story, I had so many WOW moments, and a tear in my eye as I read. The story included a picture of him with his Great Granddaughter who was about 4-5 years old that he was seeing for the first time. With much excitement he shared that as soon as the Doctor removed the patch, he could see!! And, HOW GREAT IT WAS!! The nurse came to the door just at that time and called my name.
I didn’t get the chance to ask him any questions of the time he could not see, but that man sure made an impact on me that day. I will forever remember this man and his story.
I started to question myself that day. I have my sight, but do I see everything God has prepared for me to see? Am I taking too much for granted and missing lots? I wonder how many times I have overlooked an opportunity to do God’s work because I have my eyesight but couldn’t see. Ask yourself this question, and always be thankful for the gift of sight and use it in every way possible to see everything.
Dear God, thank you for the precious gift of sight that we may see our families, friends and this beauty that you have created for all to enjoy. Lead us all to use our sight in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen.