“Because a loveless world, said Jesus, “is a sightless world.” John 14:23
I can’t imagine losing my eyesight. All day long my eyes peruse signs of God’s creation. I read books, watch television. I gaze at pictures of my children, grandchildren, and friends and remember good times together. Albums sit on my bookshelf filled with vacation memories that help me revisit Europe or Hawaii any time I want.
A friend, Suzy, has an eye disease that has reduced her vision, as if she is looking through a keyhole. God gave Suzy the gift of painting amazing watercolor images while being considered legally blind. She told me she savors the vision she has left–takes in as much as possible while traveling, as if it might be the last glimpse of that site. She delights in the beauty of the fruits and vegetables she raises in her garden.
God didn’t take away Suzy’s sight overnight, nor did he leave her to wander around in the dark. During this period of time, Suzy has been given a bigger vision of God’s glory, which will be the light and lamp for her when the keyhole vision is gone.
Dear Father, give me, with perfect vision, a way to see you as Suzy sees you. Amen.