Nearly five years ago, a bacterial infection nearly cost me to lose my left eye. I was confined at the Medical City for five days as my ophthalmologist monitored my left eye and tried to find ways to kill the bacteria.
I remember battling through my mind on the possibility of getting blind because my left eye grew worse in a matter of three days.
Doctors attending to me back then were shocked by the speed of the bacteria as they spread quickly through the various parts of my left eyeball.
But with God’s help and through the prayers of my friends and church mates, the bacteria was dealt with and since then my left eye has been restored to its normal condition.
As I think through what happened to me almost five years ago, I’m reminded of what Rick Warren, a well-known pastor (of Saddleback Church) and author of the best-selling Purpose-Driven Life, once said when it comes to the trials we face in life – Challenges are there “to build more, our character and not merely provide comfort.”
Facing sickness, an injury, a failing grade or a failing relationship (broken heart) are difficult moments in life. Who would rejoice in moments like these?
Looking back, I couldn’t understand then why I was suddenly hit by a bacterial infection.
My eye was painful, while fearful expectations swirled through my mind.
Yet, we are not left on our own.
The Bible says in Psalm 25:12-15, 12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. 13 He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. 14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Two things happened as my wife and I prayed this passage—my left eye got healed completely, and second, I learned to trust God even more in my “Lord-I-don’t-understand-it” moments.
I may not know what you are facing today in life.
Some of us may be confused, others, disappointed, still others, frustrated.
But let me encourage you, go back to the pages of the Bible, and like David in Psalm 25:15, declare God’s word–15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
God sees, God hears and God will surely come through for you.