“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With Your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” (Psalm 18:28-29).
After thirteen years, my blind student saw. It wasn’t a miracle. He simply started using his limited vision.
Decades ago, when I first started teaching visually-impaired children, I taught Frank to rely on his working senses to function. He learned how to gather information by hearing, smelling, tasting, or touching things. His sense of vision was considered a weakness. So Frank walked around with his eyes closed.
Around that time, a new theory arose among special educators. Even a small amount of vision could help improve the lives of a blind child. So I started teaching Frank how to use his limited vision. Frank eventually learned how to discriminate between colors of paper. He then applied it to fruit.
One day I plunked my husband’s dirty shirts on the desk.
“Today you’ll be sorting my husband’s laundry.”
After recovering from his shock, Frank complied. He’d learned to use his vision for a life skill. All he did was open his eyes.
Could it be that simple for us? When illness causes us to feel like we’re in a dark place, can we easily find brighter days?
Many say, “I’m shut in, hopeless, and in pain.”
Jesus answers, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).
We answer, “How will I live?”
God answers, “Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God” (Isaiah 50:10b).
We wonder, “What decisions should I make about my health? Which specialist should I select?” The Psalmist reminds us, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
How do we escape darkness? By the light of His Word.
Prayer: Dear Father, I join the Psalmist in saying, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1). Help me not fear the progression of my illness, loneliness, or the future. Illuminate my thoughts with reminders of Your faithfulness. Shine Your light on verses that will build contentment in me. So I can experience Your perfect peace in my situations. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net
Have you had similar conversations with God (as the one in the devotional)? What were your questions and how did God respond?
This is David Dunn singing “Today is Beautiful”. The lyrics are a good fit with Vicki’s devotional because it speaks of how we can lift our eyes and see things in a different light. He recorded this acoustic version in his living room with some roommates and has a honest quality to it. Hope you enjoy. -Lisa