In my June 22 post, I shared my struggle of trying to figure out why I couldn’t focus my attention on reading or close work. I often felt, “I’m not going to make it!” I knew something was wrong, I just didn’t know how to fix it.
Realizing the problem was my eyes was a turning point for me. Since then, I’ve had both surgery and vision therapy. I am still doing vision therapy at home, and will probably have another surgery later this year. I’m a long way from where I want to be, but I’m headed in the right direction!
Being headed in the right direction doesn’t just involve our physical health, though. It involves our spiritual health too.
We are all desperate to be sure we are making the right choices that impact our future. Many people consult their horoscopes every day, and plan accordingly. However, I have found that God actually wants to help me get on track, and help me see the way I should be going. My problem – our problem – is not understanding his direction, and how to find it.
The Christian Bible* says, “All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him [Jesus] the guilt and sins of us all.”
When my eyes strayed, I knew something was wrong. But there was a time when my whole life seemed strayed. I knew something was missing in my life, I just couldn’t figure out what. Then someone explained that we are all going the wrong direction until we turn from our own paths and ask God to direct our lives. Getting headed in the right direction spiritually gave me hope and safety forever.
I find that I still struggle to stay on the right paths. Just as my eyes drift outward at times, so my mind drifts outward too. I don’t always do what is right. But by reading the Christian Bible, I learn what the right paths are, and I ask God to help me get back on them. It’s like having a best friend I can always turn to. I feel so much better when both my eyes and my spirit are focused in the right direction.
Now I no longer have a dread that “I’m not going to make it,” Instead I know that with God’s help and that of my doctors, “We’re going to get there!”
*Isaiah 53:6, New Living Translation