I remember when I was first diagnosed with nearsightedness at the age of 12. The doctors fitted me with contacts and eyeglasses. Suddenly and dramatically, I could clearly see each individual leaf on the tree outside the tall glass building where my doctor’s office was located. Suddenly I was able to see how absolutely beautiful the landscape looked to everyone else.
Over the next ten years, my prescription continued to grow stronger. I developed a love-hate relationship with glasses and contacts. Contacts bothered my eyes—mostly because my days were long and my lifestyle was active. Glasses were no better. They were uncomfortable, and I frequently lost them. That’s why I decided to get surgery to correct my vision.
Back then, doctors mainly performed radial keratotomy (RK) to correct vision. There was some risk involved. It was possible I could need contacts and glasses because it was not corrected enough. Another possibly was that my sight would be over-corrected, in which case I would be farsighted. Then there was the risk of something worse like infection. I was warned that even patients with perfect outcomes had the tendency to return to nearsightedness as they aged. Regardless of the risk, I stood firm on my decision to receive the surgery.
Just before the scheduled eye surgery, something amazing happened. I became a Christian. With my newfound faith, I began to pray incessantly that the surgery would be smooth and successful. The procedure did go well. It went really well, in fact. After I had healed from the surgery, I was able to see perfectly without glasses or contacts.
No experience has been more symbolic of my conversion to Christianity than this one. I had been unable to see the reality of God and His plan of salvation just like I was unable to see the details of the world around me due to my nearsightedness. Yet after surgery, I was able to see perfectly with my physical eyes just as God had spiritually opened my eyes. The Holy Spirit gave my heart a sudden understanding of the presence of God and His amazing plan for salvation.
It has now been over twenty years since my vision correction surgery. As the doctors had warned, my eyes did develop a mild nearsightedness. For a few years, I needed glasses for driving only. Oddly, even that mild nearsightedness has since disappeared on its own. I now see perfectly (20/20) again. I still wear glasses occasionally because it helps with the glare, but I am happy to report that God blessed me with two wonderful gifts: the ability to see physically and (more importantly) the ability to see spiritually. If interested, you can read my compelling salvation story HERE.
I hope you have made that important decision to receive Christ so that you can have access to that mysterious presence of God and be welcomed into that secret knowledge that is only available to those who welcome the Holy Spirit into their being. Thanks for reading and God bless!