Saturday, January 3, 2015

Into the Darkness, Retinal Detachment and God

Two months ago God provided me with some sudden "down time". I experienced an abrupt detachment of my retina, a rare thing to happen, yet I am used to rare occurrences.
(Perhaps I will post that List some day.)
Through such events God has drawn me to Him in ever increasing closeness. 

Retinal Surgery Recovery down time


Although I was plunged into partial darkness,
I was calm, for I trust God in all things.
For I know I am His and God is good.
His ways are not our ways.
His ways are higher and holy.
See Isaiah 55:8-9

I prayed, thanking Him for the privilege of being His child, saved by His grace
and mercy through 
the atoning blood of Jesus
from the ultimate consequence of my sins,
eternal separation from my Abba Father.

(if you do not know Him read How to Receive Eternal Salvation)

I also thanked God that I lived in America where I could receive excellent medical care and I asked for healing, if that was God's will.
See Romans 12:2 

Before this incident my eyesight was perfect. I had no need of reading glasses.
Based upon my symptoms including the abrupt appearance of a gigantic black floater,
I suspected a detached retina was possible though not probable.
Quick research on the internet had provided the clues.
I contacted an eye doctor, described the craziness happening in my eye, and 2 hours later
I was in their office. Within 24 hours I had retinal detachment surgery with vitrectomy
In a later post I will describe what is looks and feels like to have a detached retina and then the healing process. 

Although I faced an uncertain outcome, God gave me PEACE.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal"-Isaiah 26:3-4


My perspective then and now is that people daily suffer tragedies such as abuse, persecution, slavery, abandonment, war, starvation, mental illness, accidents, chronic illness and death to name but a few.
These are far worse than losing sight in my eye.

The sight I never want to lose, is the sight of God- His love, His Son, His Word,
His Goodness, His Beauty, His Peace, His tender Mercies and His Marvelous LIght.

To God be the Glory, to him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light
see 1 Peter 2:9

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

Resources:
Retinal Detachment Surgery with Vitrectomy - video
All I have to say is YIKES!

Vitrectomy Surgery explained  , Vitrectomy Surgery 

2 comments:

  1. I took too am going through this right now. Thank you for giving me peace tonight in my anxiety. I've had 2 surgeries on right eye. 2nd with buckle. Waiting for prognosis. I keep praying and in the night when I wake up I pray for others until I fall asleep to escape my anxieties. You post gave me peace. Thanks

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