Last Tuesday, Sissy and I were running a couple of last Christmas errands before the boys finished up school on Wednesday. And I could have sworn that I caught her right eye turning in. It was just for a moment, and I thought surely I must have been imagining things.
But then on Wednesday morning at Li’l Bro’s Christmas program, I noticed it happening again, and several more times throughout the day. By the time she was tired at day’s end, there was no doubting it: something was wrong with her eyes.
We called the pediatrician’s office first thing in the morning, then–after seeing doc–spent much of the following day at the pediatric eye specialist, and the following day hunting down and filling a pair of glasses frames that would fit her itty bitty just-turned-two-year-old face.
The short of the long is that Sis is wearing an eye cover a couple of hours a day and now has prescription glasses for a few weeks to see if that resolves the problem. That’s the best case scenario.
And I guess I must not personally know too many pirates because I always assumed that they wore patches over their bad eyes, like to cover a wound sustained in a swashbuckling sword fight with some scurvy bilge rat or something like that.
But it turns out–whether or not it holds true for pirates–that little girls are prescribed to cover their stronger eyes. That way, the weaker eye doesn’t just learn to give up and turn in permanently, but grows stronger because it has to work a couple of hours a day.
And I thought that is just like our life in Christ.
He doesn’t just choose to cover over, conceal, and accept our weaknesses. But He blesses us with situations that restrain our strengths for a season so that He can sharpen and heal our weaknesses.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them (Romans 8:28).
It might feel unfair or painful or draining to work through our weakness when God could just let us use our strength. We might even be tempted to ask why (why, God, why this? why me? WHY??????), as if we were receiving a punishment rather than [what will lead to] a blessing.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
So, dear friends, as we turn the final pages on 2012, if you have been finding yourself somehow pushed into operating out of your weakness, would you consider this possibility as we head into 2013: it could actually be that in this pain and stretching, God is at work to bring about a good result… Won’t you join Him?