Making Healing Choices
“Even in the womb, Jacob struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.” (Hosea 12:3 NLT)
RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – When Connor was around 8, we were watching a performance of the Passion Play in the Atlanta Civic Center. During the triumphal entry scene, Jesus rode on to stage on the back of a live donkey. We commented on the donkey as they led it off stage. Connor looked up at Kris and said “What donkey?” It was at that moment we realized he needed glasses. In fact, when we took him to the eye doctor, the exam showed he was legally blind with uncorrected vision. I was sad for him, and felt a little sorry for myself that my son had to deal with this challenge in his life.
Enter corrected vision. The great news is that he can see almost perfectly with his glasses or contacts. When he takes them off, however, his world dulls and blurs. The funny thing is that after over a decade dealing with vision challenges, he sometimes prefers time without glasses. He says he sees things in a different way. The dulling down of visual input allows him to sharpen his thoughts and other processes. He took a negative and made it a positive in his life.
His vision impairment has contributed to making him much more emphatic to others. Connor is naturally drawn to the very young, the very old, and those in need. He has had a passion for missions and giving to those who are hurting, sick, or lost. Having this challenge has given him an extra measure of compassion. It led him to his lifelong desire to be a doctor. First he wanted to be a pediatrician. Then, he decided on ophthalmology. Now that he has a year of college behind him, he has settled on family medicine in a rural town…like Doc Baker in Little House on the Prairie.
As I watch Connor around those who are hurting, especially the elderly, I do see a compassion that is special. He has an uncanny patience for them. Recently, he sat for hours with our elderly aunt, totally content in holding her hand and talking with her.
Would I have scripted Connor’s life to include poor vision? Probably not.
But as I look at how his life is unfolding, I am reminded for the one millionth time that I need to let God have control because God does NOT make mistakes….
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)