When I was a child I had an eye disorder called Amblyopia. My left eye was beyond perfect at 20/15, while my right eye was way off the charts at 20/200. To help strengthen my right eye I had to wear a patch on my left eye at school and while watching television or reading. At school, with my left eye covered, I wore glasses that magnified my right eye to about to 10 times its size. I was seven, so not incredibly self-conscious about my looks, but even so it was embarrassing, especially at times when my peers referred to me as “Cyclops.”
Amblyopia is a hereditary condition that can be passed down through genetics. When my son Jacob was diagnosed with it at age five, we were disappointed, yet we were thankful that his condition had been discovered early, and that it was not as severe as mine.
A few weeks later Jacob got his glasses, and he looked great. He was so proud of his glasses and thought that they were the best thing ever. When he entered school the next day wearing his new glasses he said to everyone: “See how cool I look with my new glasses!” Suddenly, any concerns I had had ceased to exist. Jacob could have cared less, and was actually excited about wearing his new glasses.
The fear I had that my son was going to be ruined was just smoke and mirrors. And, once again, God taught me a lot about Him through my children. He reminded me that He is in control of all things, and that I am not to worry. In Philippians 4:6-7 He says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
As I consider how unfounded my fears were about my son’s “eye problem” I learned that it was really my problem, and that God was teaching me that we are to trust Him because He cares for all of His children.
Most children are resilient, and unjaded by worldly concerns. They are simple and, while they may not yet fully realize that God is in control, they look to their parents who they know will protect them. My prayer is that as a child of God I will trust in His sovereignty and protection over my life and in the lives of those whom I love.