I was reading in my favorite chair, looking for some inspiration, when, unbeknownst to me, it was delivered in the form of an itch. A desperate need to scratch my eye lid and BAM, it happened! I poked myself smack dab in the middle of my right eye as if it were a purposeful target.
The sudden pain was so intense that I took my glasses and threw them across the room ~ crashing into the wall. The last time I did something like that was during labor and delivery when I threw a wet wash cloth at my nurse. (Sorry nurse, I wasn’t aiming at you, I was aiming at my husband.)
I said to myself, “Don’t panic! You couldn’t possibly have injured yourself just sitting and reading.” About five minutes later, the pain seemed to subside a bit. “Good,” I thought, “I won’t have to go to a doctor. “As the day went on, the pain began to slowly creep back. I decided to disregard it…be a “tough girl”. Yup, grin and bear it. Stupid!
At nine p.m. it was clear that a rough night was ahead. An hour later … “I wonder if I should go to the hospital? I can’t even close my eyes!” By three a.m., I was shoddily folding laundry. Four a.m., unloading the dishwasher, five a.m, reorganizing drawers. My survival strategy ~ to keep busy and distract my mind from what felt like glass shards penetrating my eyeball.
At eight a.m., I was first in line at the doctor’s office. A kindhearted nurse escorted me to the exam room. Boy, did I look pathetic.(Definition of!) I sat in the exam chair and began to quietly weep. I’m not sure if it was because of the pain or because I knew someone was about to help me.
As expected, there were a few patients (with appointments) ahead of me. I caught a glimpse of the doctor as she zipped past my wailing room. I think she saw pathetic me because she stopped in her tracks. I overheard her ask the nurse what my situation was. Before you could say the words “Final Destination”, the nurse was administering numbing drops in my eye. Eureka! I felt healed…or at least temporarily.
When the doctor came in she was calm and thoroughly empathetic to what I was experiencing. Just the kind of doctor we all hope for. She looked through her impressive, yet intimidating, “Slit Lamp” and said, “Oh, yes…deep” pause… “deep”…pause…“deep scratch in your cornea.”
Hmm, a worrisome comment indeed. But, she went on to share with me that even though the cut was deep, she knew exactly what to do to heal my eye and that the pain portion of this injury was over. I looked at her as though she were my personal angel of mercy! “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
She then explained that she was putting in a temporary contact lens coated with a healing medicine. This would act as a protective shield between my eye and eye lid where the friction was occurring and causing tremendous discomfort. (Tree-men-dous!)
Like the professional she was, she simply popped that lens in my eye and thank you Jesus, thank you doctor – I was a new woman! Tired but relieved, I had to wait a few more minutes before heading home. We had to make sure that when the numbing drops had worn off that the lens was doing its job. We didn’t want any false sense of relief. (No, we didn’t!) So, the gel did wear off, and, the pain… still gone! Before leaving, I sheepishly asked for some numbing drops “to-go” for fear of a relapse. Which I never needed. Why? Because the real cure had worked! The temporary cure was just that.
Do you ever look for temporary cures for life’s pains or sorrows? There are all sorts of numbing drops available. We live in a world full of short-lived cures and band-aids. Many of them shoved in our faces. There is no amount of distraction that can sustain you for long.
Maybe you have never known the awesome healing power and love of God OR Maybe you have known this love but it feels like it has worn off over the years.
Remember this week as we ease closer to Easter, God’s love is the real thing. Being fooled by the quick fixes is just more time not spent getting to know God. The Great Physician knows exactly what to do to cure you. Won’t you open your eyes to Him?
“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them and health to their flesh.” Proverbs 4:20-22
“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” Criss Jami
“Oh Lord my God, I cried out to You. And You healed me.” Psalms 30:2
“I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.” Ravi Zacharias, “Has Christianity Failed You?
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3
“As many have learned and later taught, you don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods
“And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” Luke 6:19
Monday’s Must See Video – Lauren Daigle – “Come Alive”