An old post that I never shared
No one currently has pink eye. Thank God. When I originally wrote this piece I did have pink eye. And then my sister had pink eye much, much worse than me. Bethany had the worst, nastiest case of conjunctivitis I have ever seen. Sorry, sister. 😉
So I have pink eye ….. again …..
but this time it really is pink eye …..
all those other times I thought I had it?
Now I know all of that was just allergies because …
now I have yellowish gunky stuff coming out of my eyes.
I’ll spare you the pictures. Mine were bad but Bethany’s were much, much worse … disgusting really 😉
So, anyway, I know I shouldn’t have hate in my heart for anything but I do.
I HATE pink eye.
I once told Smith “If I had an arch enemy it would be pink eye.”
He replied with: “If I had an arch enemy it would be Eh-yah.” (His cousin Ella (my sister Bethany’s daughter) – we’re still working on articulating his “L”s.)
The worst thing about pink eye is I have to wear my glasses and, with my glasses, I just cannot see. I’m not sure what my eyesight is but I know it’s really, really bad. So bad, in fact, that without corrective lenses I am considered legally blind. So bad, that if my glasses fall from the nightstand onto the floor I have to blindly grope around to locate them by feel, and if that doesn’t work, I have to call for Aaron or one of the boys to find my glasses for me. It’s bad, y’all.
The eye doctor tells me that my glasses are the same prescription as my contacts but I think he lies. (Not really!) I just cannot see as well with my glasses. I am now on day 5 of pink eye antibiotic eye drops and no contacts. It is so bad that when I see someone at school wave at me from the other end of the hall, I wave back but I have no idea who it is. I certainly do not see as well to drive – especially as I head to school before the sun rises. I make sure to pray extra hard when I get in my mom van to drive anywhere.
Please help me to see. Please open my eyes. Please sharpen my focus and help me to pay attention to what you place in front of me. Please help me to notice. And please help me to act on what I see.
I pray this prayer as I am driving asking the Lord to protect me and to keep me and everyone else I may encounter safe on the roads.
But isn’t this a prayer that I should be praying everyday regardless of my physical eyesight? What about my spiritual eyesight?
So instead of moaning and grumbling about this pink eye (which I’m sorry – I absolutely hate!) I am trying to see it as a blessing …. as a reminder from God to allow Him to open my eyes, to allow Him into my heart more so that I may see as He sees.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law
Psalm 119:18 (ESV)
Then Elisha prayed and said, “ O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings 6:17 (ESV)
Holy moments come to us daily if we will ask for eyes to see.