Gratitude


Gratitude

 

Yesterday evening I had an interesting telephone conversation with my mother in law. She was asking how I was coping with some of my health issues. Recently, my most challenging health issue has been the loss of vision in my left eye due to a detached retina. I told her that either my vision was starting to slowly improve or I was just getting used to the way my eyes now function.

Whichever is true, I am grateful. The situation could have been a lot worse. I could have lost vision in both eyes. At first I was wondering what God was doing in my life. I said to God, “ Don’t I have enough handicaps already? Do I really need one more disability to add to my collection?”

In the past two months I have had to make some adjustments to my daily routines as a result of my loss of vision. I have had to train my eyes to see in a new way. This has been frustrating but I knew I had a decision to make. I could sit around and have a pity party over the loss of vision in my left eye or I could get off my butt and find out what things I could still accomplish. To my delight I discovered that I could still do most of the things I was doing before as long as I made the proper adjustments. I am still believing God for a complete restoration of my vision, but until this manifests I am learning how to cope.

God’s way of healing is often a process. The full manifestation of the healing does not appear immediately after someone prays for us. It could take several months for a full recovery. As Christians we often get healing and miracles mixed up. If the manifestation of the healing occurs right away this is a miracle. If it is a process and takes time it is a healing.

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