And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:19 NKJV
The Lord sure workethed my patience on this one.
In the spring I noticed it was getting harder and harder to see clearly. The problem was cataracts. Simple to fix. Just have them surgically removed.
Getting the surgery scheduled, however, wasn’t so simple. It wasn’t until mid-October that both eyes were finally done, ending five months of having poor DH drive me everywhere I needed to go. So I thought.
After the surgeries, my vision was brighter, clearer – but still out of focus. The doctor wanted to wait until my eyes were healed up before prescribing new eyeglasses. DH would have to be my chauffeur for another six weeks.
So last Monday, at long last, I went to get my eyes measured for new glasses. Clear vision was just around the corner.
But a funny thing happened before my appointment.
Now, this past summer I began a decluttering project to reorganize my study. Boxes and bins of stuff that need to be sorted through still wait in the dining room.
Sunday afternoon I decided to rid the dining room of one large bin and put the books back on the bookcase shelves. However, not all of them would make the cut. So I asked DH to please bring me an empty bin. I knew there was at least one downstairs.
But instead of an empty one, he brought me one filled with documents, files, check registers, and duplicate checks dating back four to five years. So instead of putting books back on the shelves, I began shredding.
Among the outdated papers, I found an eyeglass case. I have several of those around, mostly empty because you never know when you might need a nice, sturdy case. I was about to drop it in the garbage but put it on my desk instead.
The next morning I got up early to work on my novel before my eye doctor appointment. I spied the eyeglass case on my desk and opened it. It wasn’t empty. It contained a pair of glasses I’d worn at least 10 years ago.
“I’ll take these to the eye doctor,” I thought, “and donate them to his collection of used eyeglasses for Third World countries.”
On a whim, I put them on.
Glory be! I could see! Clearly! Everything was in focus!
I wore them to town, loving every second of seeing clearly what I hadn’t been able to see for months, and had the eye doctor determine the lenses’ strength. When he tested my eyes for my new prescription, he noted the measurements were close to what the old lenses were.
“Do I even need new glasses?” I asked him. “Or can I use these old ones?”
I mean, they don’t look retro or anything, wire frames and all.
“It’s up to you,” he answered.
Well, I’ve been praising the Lord ever since. I mean, He saved me hundreds of dollars.
I imagine God must be chuckling up there.
You see, just the day before I preached a sermon in which I challenged my little flock to trust God for all their needs.
“God has never let me down,” I told them.
But never did I dream He’d provide my new glasses with old ones that I almost discarded.
What do you need to trust Him for today?
Dear God, you are just awesome! Thank You for the wonderful surprises You bless me with every day. Amen.
Read and meditate on Matthew 6:25–33
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