A year ago last January, my husband experienced a detached retina which required emergency surgery, face-down positioning, several months of recovery with an uncertain outcome. To the glory of God and the skilled hands of University of Iowa surgeons, he emerged with complete vision! WHAT A GIFT!
Then just a few weeks ago, January 2021, on his way to volunteer at Treasures one evening, he once again experienced loss of vision in the same eye. We immediately headed down to the University of Iowa to determine what was going on. While the retina was intact (praise!), the capsule holding the lens had broken and his lens was now floating in the back of his eye. Surgery was scheduled for February 1, and the Retinal team surgeons first removed the broken capsule pieces and retrieved his lens, and the second team reattached the lens. Surgery went very well, and we were home that same evening. However, at the follow up appointment early the next morning, it was evident that the lens had slipped out of place (its complicated) and more surgery is imminent.
For most humans, this would be discouraging; for some, even devastating to know that the surgery you just went through was basically for nothing, and you must do it all over again. But my husband is looking through a different lens. He may not be able to make out the images on a television screen or the words on a page, but his focus on God’s provision is razor sharp. He is disappointed, of course, but not discouraged. He is setting his sight on what God will do with all of this, and how His vision for what’s next will come into focus.
This amazing faith caused me to ponder…what lens am I looking through?
Am I seeing difficulties or the Divine?
Am I looking beyond the blur of annoyances and inconveniences to the abundance of blessings?
Am I so near-sighted, lost in the things that are in my peripheral, that I lose sight of the eternal?
I know you will agree that the human body is a marvelous mystery and too complex for most of us to comprehend. When we are brought to circumstances that cause us to consider how intricately our Creator designed every system in our body, it’s mind-blowing. The lens located in the eye, by changing its shape, changes the focal distance of the eye. In other words, it focuses on the light rays that pass through it (and onto the retina) in order to create clear images of objects that are positioned at various distances.
Also a marvelous mystery, is how He knits the physical with the spiritual. The lens we choose to look through changes the focal distance of our heart. When we focus the light of God through to our hearts, He will create clear images of “objects” (challenges, distractions, circumstances) that are positioned at various distances from our understanding or imagining.
What lens are you looking through today? Circumstances might look grim, or impossible, or overwhelming. You might have a blurry vision of what’s next or why. You might have lost all of your vision – for the moment.
I am choosing a new lens. And I’m looking forward to it. Er, through it.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” -Matthew 6:22-23