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2/22/2020 12:11:00 AM
Blind In One Eye, Can't Hear Out Of The Other

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

It happened all at once. One moment I could see out of both eyes, and the next moment I was slowly losing the vision out of my right eye. It was like someone was pulling a window blind over my eye. Most of the time, when I have a pain or ache in my body, I just ignore it till it goes away. I have never had any problem with my eyes, but I wasn’t going to employ the, “Ignore It Until It Gets Better,” method. I immediately went to the eye doctor in hopes of being told I had nothing to worry about. I was wrong! After the examination, the doctor told me he had, “Good and Bad News.” The bad news was that I had a detached retina, but the good news was it could be fixed. Apparently, the retina had just detached that day, and my quick response was the difference!

As I was pondering the difference between, “Good and Bad news,” the doctor asked me what I had eaten that day. What? Had I eaten something that caused me to lose my sight? I told him I had just had a diet Sun-Drop for breakfast and lunch. With that information he stood up and walked out of the examination room. When he returned, he told me my surgery was scheduled for tomorrow. Surgery? Tomorrow? I found out the diet Sun-Drop was not the reason for the blindness, but I couldn’t eat or drink anything the day of surgery. Thank goodness, I don’t know if I could cut out Sun-Drop! There was no reason as to why my eyeball came apart, I guess it was just one of those things.

Since I have never had surgery, I didn’t know what to expect from pre-op to post-op. The day of the surgery I was completely blind in my right eye, but I had a peace that God was in control, whether I could see or not. I was asked a bunch of questions before the surgery, but one question I could not answer. I was asked if I stopped breathing while I was asleep. Who can answer that question? Is this something else for me to be concerned about? How can you listen to yourself breath while you are asleep? I am blind in one eye and can’t hear out of the other! Apparently, I answered the question correctly, because they put me to sleep and went to work on my eye!

It’s been a few years since the surgery, and I can still see out of my right eye. I am grateful for modern medicine and for the prayers for a complete recovery. What have I learned from my surgery? First, I am not a good patient, just ask my wife. Second, healing is a process, not just a onetime event. The human body needs time to heal from any wound, especially the eye! Third, never take for granted something that has been given to you, like your sight! It is tempting to go through life expecting everything to go your way; physically, financially, and spiritually. A blessed life is not about avoiding all the challenges of life, but it is about trusting in God to be your guide through each and every difficulty you face!

Ephesians 3:19-21 teaches us, “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” It is good to be reminded that we live our lives by faith and not sight! I am so grateful for the love of Christ for all of mankind, and our need to accept His love in our hearts. Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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