By: Eva

A minor inconvenience. My surgeon said, 'You are permanently blind in your right eye.' My ophthalmologist said, 'I have some good news for you!'

At the beginning of February, 2004, I noticed a small black spot on my right eye. I called an Ophthalmologist and made an appointment for February 18th. On the 17th, I went to work and around 10:00 am that morning, I thought one of my students had turned off the lights. It suddenly became very dark. I was able to see out of my left eye, but not from my right eye. I didn't know what to do. My students were busy working, so I tried very hard to hide my tears.

After work, my husband picked me up and drove me home. I went to my room and cried for hours. That night I was unable to sleep. I prayed a lot and asked God for help. I have been a Christian for the last ten years, and I knew my God would take care of this problem.

The following day was my appointment. The tests performed concluded that I would need laser surgery. Another appointment was scheduled with a surgeon who specialized in that type of procedure. On the very next day, the surgery was performed and for another three days, more tests were run.

On March 24th, I went back to see the surgeon. He re-checked my eyes, sat down, and said that I was permanently blind in my right eye. I was in shock, but I continued to listen to him. I then asked for a diagnosis letter for work in order to prepare for my resignation. I thought I would never be able to teach again. I took the diagnosis letter to my ophthalmology appointment so a copy could be put in my file. After the Ophthalmologist examined my eyes, she said she had some good news for me. She informed me that I had regained some vision in my right eye. Imagine my surprise when she said that! The surgeon told me that I would never see out of the eye again, and my physician was telling me something different. I looked at her and asked her to read the diagnosis letter from the surgeon that had just been put in my file. She opened my file and began reading the letter. When she finished the letter, the expression on her face changed completely. She was speechless, but she said she had every intention of speaking with the surgeon.

From that day on, my life changed. I began bimonthly checkups and had to use prescription eye drops on a daily basis. A month later I asked my doctor if the eye drops had any side effects. She asked me why, and I told her that I was experiencing mood swings. One of the side effects was mood swings, so she prescribed me other eye drops.

Some days I would get up early in the morning just to see if I could still see. I would wake up thinking, 'Today is the day I will never be able to see again.' I had prayed a lot and had faith that my God would restore my vision, but the enemy would constantly put it in my mind that I would soon be blind. I also worried all the time that I would not be able to see my family's faces again. I would wake up in the middle of the night worried that I would lose my freedom, which included not being able to drive again. My everyday routine would change: driving to work, to church, to dance practice, to the store, etc.

On Sunday, March 21st, my pastor was preaching and asked the congregation to pray and thank God for everything He has done for us. I closed my eyes and began to pray. While praying, I felt someone holding my hand. When I opened my eyes, I saw my pastor in front of me. He began to walk me to the altar. He asked me to share with the congregation what the Lord has done in my life. I was terrified because I had never felt comfortable testifying or speaking in front of the congregation. I got very nervous, and I didn't know what I was going to say. I closed my eyes and started speaking. I really don't know or remember half of what I said, but when I opened my eyes, I was on my knees crying.

That day when I went home after church. I was very happy. After sharing my testimony, I knew that even through this trial and tribulation, God was protecting me and would continue protecting me. I knew my eyes had been spared, and I didn't have to be afraid anymore. I then wrote on my calendar, 'Gave Testimony, Thank You God, Victory is Mine.'

I continued seeing my physician. I was doing well and my faith continued to be strong. While thinking everything was fine, the vision in my left eye began to blur. Not only was I told I would need surgery again, but this time I would need surgery in both eyes. I finally lost it!

After having the second surgery, my personality changed completely. Now, the eye drops were not responsible for my mood swings. I was in a bad mood most of the time, but outside of my family, I never let anyone know what was happening to me. I tried very hard to mask what I was feeling and going through.

One night I was praying and asked God to help me because I knew I was losing my mind. After praying for many hours, I heard this voice inside of me saying, 'Don't worry. It's just a minor inconvenience.' I knew it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me and giving me peace.

From that day on, I started saying those words to myself and to others when they spoke about what they were going through. I continued repeating those words over and over again.

In December 2004, we found out that my husband's aunt had passed away. She was 75 years old, and I had grown up in her house. She was a good Christian woman and I had learned a lot about God from her. I loved her and her family very much. We spent a week with her family after the funeral in Puerto Rico. It was a very peaceful time for all of us. Not once did I worry about my eyes or the possibility of losing my eyesight. We fellowshipped together, laughed together, and  reminisced. After we came home, my life again began to change.

It has now been a year since I began to lose my eyesight. I am doing everything that I did before this happened. I drove at night to go to church, I dance with the dance group, and I have continued to teach. I know problems will continue to come and the enemy will use them to attack me, but I know that God is more powerful and He will continue to protect my family and me.

I will never forget those words that God used to speak to my heart that night. An inconvenience isn't permanent, and the inconvenience won't last forever.

Thank You, Lord for forgiving me of my sins and for saving me.

Friend, just as the doctor had good news for me, I have 'Good News' for you! Jesus wants to be your doctor. He wants to heal your body and your mind. If you come to God today by calling on Jesus to forgive your sins, your life will change forever.

Real Life Stories - Chapter 29:



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