Published July 31, 2012

Shelia Shares....
"Recovery Of Sight"

Luke 4 talks about Jesus being in the desert and tempted by Satan. He rebukes Satan by the use of Scripture. Then Jesus returned to Galilee. Here's the account of what happened next, from Luke 4:16-21:

"So He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

"‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.'

"Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'"

This was Jesus referring to an Old Testament Scripture, Isaiah 61:1-2. Probably because of the surgery I just went through, I for the first time noticed "recovery of sight to the blind" as a part of this passage.

Now, I know this verse primarily refers to spiritual sight — to God opening our eyes so we can see Him.

But I happened to read this verse at a time when I was feeling a bit discouraged and concerned. The way "recovery of sight" jumped out at me, I believed it was a message from God. I claimed it as a promise that He had already fulfilled my recovery of sight. I might not have seen it yet, but it has happened. After all, He is the great physician. He made all the parts of my body. He knows how to put them all together and repair those that don't work. He is still doing miracles.

(By the way, the above was written a few weeks before my surgery.)

P.S. This past week, I was back to work for three hours each morning. The first three days, I had a headache at the end of that time. But, as the week went on, I felt my strength returning. It does take a toll to have been off work for five weeks. My visit to the surgeon last week confirmed the good feeling I had about my progress. The gas bubble remains in my eye, covering about 2/10 of my vision. Because of the bubble, I still have a few restrictions – not laying on my back and not looking up, no flying and no deep sea diving. (I can't even float so that last one should not be a problem.) Thanks for your continuing prayers as the sight slowly returns to my right eye. You've been pulling me through this process with your prayers.

- Shelia

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