As I awoke on February 6, 2011, I couldn’t help but notice that my vision was impaired. My eyesight had not been good, but it was worse. An old age thing? Probably… but this I know: God makes me walk out my lessons to be learned, sometimes through fire, always for the benefit of me, and often… you. ♥ And delightfully, as I sat listening to the message at SBC that Sunday, I heard “Walk by faith, not by sight” [2 Cor. 5:7]. I love this Scripture. Stay with me, we might learn something, together…
Fast forward to February 14, 2011 [BTW, Happy Valentine’s Day… let’s not loose s_i_g_h_t of that.] So anyway, not only had my vision worsened, I now had pain in my right eye. A plank? Probably… but this I trust: God is faithful and just to highlight the lesson behind the plank and the fire in my eye. And He will…
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” [Mark 11:24]
And He did… Yesterday, my children had just left for school, the animals fed, coffee in hand, and I had a few minutes before getting ready for a job interview, when… I began to recall ‘words of wisdom?’ from people and ‘eye’ experts, who would say to me… “You should not neglect your sight. Your eyes are the most important thing on your body. You need them to see.”, and, and, and…
My thoughts went back to school… But it is the math teacher who will say, “Math is the most important subject because if you can’t count how will you have money? So focus there…” And the History, Earth Science, and Geography teachers will say “but if you don’t know where you have been or what you have, then how will you know where you are going? Follow this…” Then it is the English Teacher who scribes “If you can’t read and write, who else will know and benefit from your knowledge? Labor here…” So who or what is most important? A lesson…
“But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me too
What a wonderful world this would be”
8the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
9but just as it is written,
“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,
AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,
ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. [1 Cor. 2]
But if “I” have not LOVE…
1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
[1 Corinthians 13]
I ask “who am “I”, that I should rank? And what good part, matters most?” … to be learned.
Later on in the day, I ran into a past co-worker [Health Teacher] from WHS, who I have great respect for and had just referenced in my job interview. [There are no coincidences with God… just so you know.] As we were catching up on our worlds, I experienced a sharp pain in my left eye and having messed with it, lost my contact. This move altered my plan for the day. I had to head home… as a cyclops.
Although I was feeling dizzy [don’t go there] as I was driving home, I seemed to be filled with a warmth in my spirit and in my heart. And then, I could see…
31“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. 34“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ 41“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” [Matthew 25]
Even the least in my own eyes… I must love. No matter how hungry or requiring thirst; no preference or limits on the foreigner, the over-exposed, the unhealthy, or those in captivity; no matter how much they have hurt or deceived… HE said “Love even the unforgivable for ME”. And… “Love what you have, while you have it.” ‘To the extent that you do it to one of the least of these, you do it for Me.’ As I prayed an intercessory prayer, scales of tears fell from my opened eyes.
So I say to the teachers… I place my hope in the things not seen, for if I see them what is there to hope for? “4-Eyes” without FAITH, can see nothing…. Good “cents” will have no value; a past and present deficient in guided wisdom, leads to a blinded future; and if you cannot see faith, hope, and love for the people in front of you, why bother to express it or write it down.
As each petal falls… “You love me, you love me not, you love me, you love me not?” Without faith, I can do nothing. If I have no hope, where is my future? If I have not Love, I have not!
♥ But I do know that I LOVE YOU
And I know that if YOU LOVE ME too
What a wonderful world this would be! ♥
13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. [1 Corinthians 13] … “A” lesson learned.