One of the aspects of my life now is to continue a professional relationship with my list of doctors. This includes my Internist, Local Neurologist, Specialist Neurologist, Dentist, and Ophthalmologist. Thankfully, my health remains stable. There has only been one prescription change for my brain medicine due to poor side effects. The new prescription was adjusted until the right dosage was found.
My most recent appointment was with my Ophthalmologist, Dr. Hale. A good relationship with all your doctors is important, but for someone with epilepsy it is particularly important since seizures do have an effect on eyesight and vice-versa. Perhaps you have seen me outside in the sun before or after one of our worship services. My prescription glasses look like sunglasses. That is because they have a medical tint to them that instantly turns darker in sunlight. In this manner, the sun does not shock my eyes and then subsequently my brain into a seizure. After a few minutes inside, the lenses return to their normal clear appearance.
For the actual eye exam this year, I put my chin on an optical machine and then looked through some specialized lenses to call out letters. Dr. Hale then examined my eyes using a light he very quickly ran across both eyes looking for any signs of eye conditions that were showing signs of any eye disease. None were found. Nothing has changed. No eye diseases. No prescription change. In fact, no change at all.
I was both relieved and disappointed - physically relieved and spiritually disappointed. My eyes still see the same. Thank God. But I think I see much differently now than from when I first came to Good Shepherd. Thank God. Does that make sense? Jesus said, Your eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34) Though I will have a bad day - a dark day - from time to time, the light of Christ is more prevalent now than when I first arrived.
In the season of Easter, all of us will have a bad day or two or more but our eyesight is now through faith. Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus outside of the tomb. She believed the impossible. She believed that he was risen from the dead. The first thing she said to the absolutely despondent disciples was, I have seen the Lord. It took the disciples some time to believe the impossible, but then they too saw the resurrected Lord. Their lives have never been the same, and this world has never been the same. Alleluia!