Saturday, October 10, 2009

Can you See Me Now?

Its Sunday and I am so happy to be particpating with Charlotte and Ginger in  Spiritual Sundays.  Just click on the blue sky to the right to visit these sweet ladies and those that are also joining in.  You will find uplifting and encouraging words here.

These are pictures of my granddaughter’s face.  I’m showing you just a piece at a time.  This is the way my husband sees her face when he looks at her.  Sometimes, he doesn’t even see this much.  There are times that I will be sitting in the room with him, and will get up to get something.  From the kitchen, I can hear him quietly speaking to me.  He thinks I’m still there…he doesn’t know I’ve left the room.

This is the way people with eye disease might see you.  My husband has retinitis pigmentosa.   The blood vessels leading to the eye disintegrate, so that light cannot be brought to the retina.  It is heredity.  He has no vision in one eye, and only 20% in the other.  He has no peripheral vision…he cannot see above, below or on either side…he sees only what is directly in front of him. 

jessie eye 2 Jessie's nose and mouth 2Jessie's hair and forehead

From these pictures, you can only imagine what my granddaughter looks like.  You can’t see her sweet face, her cute laugh, or the twinkle in her eyes.  When we don’t see the whole, we miss the fullness of the beauty. 

We, too, have a hereditary disease that destroys the light that streams to our spiritual eyes….  It leaves us with limited vision.   We don’t see the fullness or the beauty of God.  Spiritually, we see just as my husband  sees…in part, and only what is directly in front of us.  We don’t see above or below, or to the sides.   We don’t see past our small circle of self.  Our vision is limited by prejudice, or by busy-ness, or by selfishness.   We see actions of people, but we don’t see their hearts.  We see their skin, but we don’t see their spirit.  We see their accomplishments, but we don’t see their wounds.   

We don’t even see ourselves, if  light is not shed on the hidden parts of our hearts and minds.   Our perception of ourselves can be blurred and  blemished.

In 1 Corinthians 13:12, the  Apostle Paul tells us…

“Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me”  (GWT)

While on earth, we are incomplete in our understanding.  We strive for so much knowledge, and so much wisdom, and so much spiritual knowledge, but Paul wanted us to know that until that day when all is revealed to us, our goal is to love

verses 4 through 11
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”

I pray for God’s love to fill my heart…that my actions and words are loving and encouraging.  I think as we pray this prayer, and obey the command to love, our spiritual vision is increased.

God bless everyone…have a wonderful Sunday!



  1. Mary this post really spoke to me. My husband is a diabetic and has lost almost all vision in one eye, they managed to save the other one for now and he is able to work and drive. He has had many surgeries and laser treatments. My Mom has glaucoma and is almost blind. I do understand and enjoyed this post very much.I love the way you showed your beautiful granddaughter.

    God bless you Anne

  2. This touched my heart, I am a type 1 diabetic, my vision has been greatly reduced. I praise God for the heart vision He blesses me with.

  3. God bless your sweet husband Mary. I pray healing for him in the Name of Jesus. You're right, we only see in part spiritually. What a great analogy.

    God bless you and your family.

  4. Great analogy, Mary. It really spoke to my heart. It's a beautiful lesson. Your loving acceptance too is a beautiful lesson.
    You and your husband and your family are in my prayers.
    I am amazed at your courage and your spirit, and the way you have about you of always, always uplifting others to heights they never dared before.
    Blessed Sunday.
    Love and Prayers,

  5. Such an inspiration...amidst the trial, you remained joyful...in Him...Your post is an eye opener!!! Praying for your husband's healing. And thank you for yours. God bless you and may you have a wonderful week ahead.

  6. Mary, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message. It caused me to visit your blog and it is wonderful! I'm becoming a follower.


  7. Oh Mary this was a REALLY good illustration. It is soo true too. I am sorry to hear that your husband has this trouble with his eyes, but soo happy you have Him and such wonderful spiritual sight!! You have blessed me today. Have a great day. Debbie

  8. What a thought provoking post! You are so right. What your husband experiences in the natural, we are experiencing in the spirit. My prayer is that we all be healed of our blindness...spiritual and natural.

  9. What a beautiful post. Your analogy really gives us a clear idea of how we as God's children are spiritually blinded at times...very thought provoking and sobering.
    God's blessings


  10. WOW! This touched my heart today Mary. I loved your analogy also. I will pray for your husband.
    God Bless,

  11. Your post spoke to my heart. My husband has diabetic retinopathy and has difficulty with seeing clearly. He also has no periphial vision. And I am so nearsighted that without glasses I could be declared legally blind. With that in mind you have brought to the surface so much truth about spiritual blindness. You certainly have a gift for writing as well as lifting the spirits of your readers. I was so touched my this one.

  12. I feel for your husband, and your attitude blesses me. Your scriptures are right on! Thank you for the encouragement.

  13. Mary how awful for your husband to see this way. But God must know what he is doing and your husband must be a strong man, and a loving grandfather. The things he can not see are strong in his mind, and his site will be restored within the gates of Heaven. What a touching post today.

    Many blessings this Sunday to you and yours,

  14. Mary, I so loved this post. I am sorry to read of your husband's loss of eyesight but I am sure he sees more with his heart and love of spirit....God has blessed him with a beautiful Christian wife......:-) Hugs

  15. Hi Mary, I just saw that you are a snapdragon flower! That warms my soul...my Grandma had snaps in her flower bed and as a child I'd play with them to make them talk! This is a sweet memory for me.

    Your post today is well written. God bless you and your hubby. My brother-in-law lost his eyesight in one eye about a year ago. I'm not sure how things are going with his other eye. So many health challenges in this ole world.

    May we all lean on our Heavenly Father,

  16. Wow, what an object lesson today from you. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, and I am glad to find yours! This post holds such insight, so thanks for sharing!


  17. Mary...this is such a powerful message, just BRILLANT!! I have always loved this verse...is one of my most favortie.
    I can't believe we have yet one more thing in common! Your sweet hubby's hereditary eye disease sounds similar to what our son Chris has in his right eye. Diagnosed at 3 with Coates (Coat's) Disease, he is vision impaired in his right eye. It was probably there at birth, there is no known cause, just happens. He has never known any other sight.

    Thank you sweet friend for this very powerful message. Your gift of words is shared and appreciated by us all...


    ~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

  18. Oh Mary, this absolutely touched my heart. Lessons upon lessons in this message. May the blessings of the LORD rest with your dear hubby and your entire family.

    Thank you for being so transparent with us and thank you for the warm words you left on my pro-life blog.

    Blessings and love.

  19. What an interesting post, Mary. Your granddaughter is beautiful. What a good illustration you gave. I'm so glad you shared this with us for Spiritual Sundays.
    Blessings to you and your family,

  20. Mary,
    Thank you for such an inspirational post. I'm sorry your husband has so much trouble seeing your beautiful (I can see how pretty she is just by the few images you present!) granddaughter. Someone else wrote that God blessed your husband with a sweet Christian wife and with that I totally agree!


  21. How precious the gift of sight is. each day, I thaank the Lord that I have all five senses intact, and that I am still able-bodied. It is so easy to take these things for granted. Thank you for such a touchingly beautiful post.
    God bless you all.

  22. I love these scriptures. SOme of my favorite.

  23. Hi Mary,
    Happy Sunday sister...
    What a great analogy, it has touched my heart . Prayers for your precious husband and Hugz for that cute granddaughter of yours.

    Blessings afor a beautiful week ahead.. Lorie

  24. Thanks, Mary. I'll be more thankful for my eyesight. I hope you had a good Sunday.

  25. Wonderful post! May we all see others (and ourselves) through our Heavenly Father's eyes and with His love! "Be Thou My Vision" is one of my favorite hymns :).

    Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your lovely comment. Have a blessed week in the Lord!

  26. Hi Mary. Oh what a beautiful lesson on a beautiful Sunday! I do so want to see life through spiritual eyes. Blessings to you husband. Bless his heart!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. Hi Mary....After reading all your wonderful comments I don't think I have to tell you what a wonderful thought provoking post this one was! Thanks for making mine a very "spiritual Sunday"! ~Hugs, Patti

  28. Mary, this is such a wonderful post...so true! Thank you for inspiring me with your insight into God's word.


  29. Was a blessing to read your post. prayers for your sweet family.

  30. Mary, your husbands plight with his eyes is very sad. The happy part is that you have each other for so many years and can be so thankful in spite of your problems. Your analogy is so true about the spiritual part of our faith in God. Thank you for your inspiring post.

    Blessings, Jeanne

  31. A Beautiful Powerful Post ! First , it made me appreciate more the things in my life I take for granted . I pray for your husband 's healing , but if not to be so at this time ,( we know we will all be healed in Heaven) Jesus's supernatural sufficiency to live .
    Your analogy is so true ,I think of it as a tiny little , hole I see things through & I have to constantly remind myself whenI don't understand what's going on ,that God 's picture is so much bigger than Icould ever think. That he is only showing me a step at a time & that the Just live by Faith& not by Sight.
    I love what Elizabeth Elliot says about Cor. 13,
    Instead of the word love , replace with your own name .Then I am quickly convicted by the Holy Spirit of my love failings.
    Thanks so much for stopping by & your well wishes for my Birthday.8~)

  32. Will your husband's eye problem ever be cured? I pray for him.

  33. Oh what a beautiful post. Warmed my heart!
    Hoping to see with my spiritual eyes as I go thru my day. Sweet, precious blue eyes.
    Happy Monday Blessings ;-)

  34. Loved this post Mary " Our Spiritual Vision"....
    That our eyes will be enlightened by His Word...
    Love it have a great week

  35. Mary..that was such a beautiful post....and so true.. I'm sorry to hear that your dear husband has vision trouble. They learn new things in medical science every day...I pray the solution to his eye problem will be discovered SOON...

    Have a wonderful week.


  36. This is a great post and the analogy is perfect. Thank you for sharing, and blessings to your husband and you! :)

  37. Thank you for your comment on my most recent post. I agree with you. It's amazing how Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. I don't think most of the American people want socialism right now, but I'm not sure it can be stopped. Maybe it isn't supposed to be stopped. We're headed for the BIG showdown.
    Hugs & blessings,

  38. A copy of Morning Sunshine! by Robin Meade should be coming your way in about three weeks.

  39. Hi Mary,
    I'm sorry I'm so late getting to your post but we had Thanksgiving here over the weekend and I'm having a little trouble with Blogger. Not sure what the problem is, it's just very slow and jerky, not much fun to do anything with at the moment.
    I feel for your husband as I have always had poor eyesight and then I developed cataracts. I've since had the cataracts removed and for the first time in my life, I don't wear glasses or contacts. I only need readers. It's a miracle! Praise God!
    I really enjoyed reading your post and your illustration. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week.


  40. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your Spiritual Sunday post is beautiful. It was just what I needed to hear. I'll be thinking of you and your husband and praying.