“Attend my people, to my teaching; I will open my mouth in story, drawing lessons from of old. We have heard them, we know them; our ancestors have recited them to us and we do not keep them from our children; we recite them to the next generation the praiseworthy and mighty deeds of the Lord, the wonders that He performed.” Ps. 78:1-5
These verses of Psalm 78 encourage us to tell over and over again to our children and the next generation the mighty works of the Lord. If we don’t share stories of what we have seen God do, how will our children or our friends, know what God has done for us. It is up to us to share his wonders. It is important to give testimony to God’s goodness.
I would like to give testimony on how God saved our son’s eye.
One evening when Justin was 7 years old, he was playing with the radio antenna on the front of the car. He pulled the antenna way back like a bow and then let it go. The antenna flung over and then back again and it hit him right square in the eye with great force. He screamed in pain.
This happened on a weekend and we couldn’t take him to an eye doctor. We thought it would probably be alright, but as the weekend continued, we saw he was not alright as he raced the hall up and down in pain. We had no health insurance at that time.
Monday morning we got him in to see an eye doctor. The doctor was not a child’s ophthalmologist but he saw us free of charge. The pressure in Justin’s eye was very high, and the doctor tried to bring it down with drops, but that did not work. The doctor admitted he did not know what to do and sent us to a pediatric ophthalmologist (the best one in town). The pediatric doctor said, “This child needs surgery immediately or he will lose his eye.” The impact of the antenna had shattered the lens into pieces and inside his eye was only a milky substance.
My husband told the doctor that we were missionaries, and she told us she would do all his appointments and the surgery for free. When we arrived at the hospital, the surgical center told us that we had to pay $2000 upfront. When the doctor arrived, she told the surgical center that if they charged for this boy’s surgery then she would take her business elsewhere. With that the $2000 was dropped.
She performed the surgery, cleaned out his eye, and put a new manmade lens into Justin’s eye. His eye was saved and he had clear vision. Praise the Lord!
I still marvel and thank God for directing us to those doctors. The first doctor had the humility to admit he could not do it and directed us to the pediatric doctor, who was a Catholic and took amazing care of Justin for years.
Ten years later, Justin had a second surgery to put a new, bigger lens in his eye since his eye had grown but the manmade lens obviously had not. Today with the help of God (and glasses) Justin can see, and He recently graduated from Belmont Abbey College with honors.
Thank you Jesus for saving our son’s eye. To God be the glory!
God bless you!
Mother Hen/Mary Ann