God and ASDA

Stories and thoughts: past, present and future


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I Can’t See

A few years ago I awoke one morning to find that my eyes were both tightly closed and there was nothing I could do to open them. A very scary experience, I am sure you will agree. I bathed them gently with warm water, to no avail. I rubbed them, again no good.

So I went to the doctor later that day (when I was able to open my eyes and find my way there!). She told me that this was a common condition among older people and was, in fact, nothing to worry about. She gave me a prescription for some ointment to put onto my lower eyelid before going to sleep. It was ghastly stuff!! Firstly, it was difficult to apply (I kept poking the applicator into my eye!), and secondly, although my eyes opened a little the next morning, they were so bunged up with this rubbish that my vision was blurred.

For the past fifteen years I have tolerated this condition and each morning I have to feel my way round the bedroom into the bathroom (making sure I don’t head towards the top of the stairs) and in time my eyes do open. But it’s alarming. You never get used to it.

This daily occurrence has led me to compare it to my spiritual life. Until I became a Christian, I was, effectively, blind to the truth. I would do my own thing, not really caring about what would happen if I didn’t attend to thoughts of the future. Sooner or later it had to be addressed.

But, of course, God has all things under His control and I was to meet a young lady whose friendship led me to believe in Jesus and to ask Him into my life. My eyes were opened. I saw everything in a new light. No longer was I thinking only of myself; Jesus gave me a new heart with a love for others.

And so I began my walk with Him which has just got better and better. I know that in everything that’s happened to me since that time, God has been there with me. I’ve experienced a few twists and turns in recent years that I would never have imagined could have happened to me, but I realise now that it was His plan for this to happen and today I am where I am supposed to be. If I tried to go in a direction that wasn’t planned for me, I’ve been brought back, sometimes by a circuitous route, and here and now I am the happiest I have been in my whole life. Thank you, Jesus!

There’s a beautiful old song “Amazing Grace“, written by John Newton, which talks about being blind to what God has done for us.

Incidentally, I still have to put up with this “morning blindness” so if you see an elderly lady walking down the street one morning in a state of undress, you’ll know I missed the bathroom again!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29 verse 11)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8 verse 28)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5 verse 7)

God Bless you.