Today I wanted to share with you a story about my middle son. He is 7 years old and loves life. He’s smart, funny, handsome, and just a great son. About 3 weeks ago I took him, his brother, and his sister to the eye doctor so my son’s could get their eye’s checked. (Sister is only 2 years old, she will eventually)
My oldest son has had glasses for almost 2 years. We knew as a family that he needed glasses because he would squint and tilt his head forward whenever he tried to read something or watch tv. The eye doctor said his vision was around 20/60. (Which isn’t too bad, but not great according to the doctor)
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago and we find out that my middle son is even worse than my oldest. It was so bad that when he tried to read the big “E” on the top of the chart, he could barely make it out. The assistant said he’s almost legally blind. Now I felt really bad because he never let on that he couldn’t see. He never squinted, never sat too close to the tv, and never complained.
I felt bad that for 7 years I hadn’t caught on that he couldn’t see. But I forgave myself and knew that he would be seeing clearly in a few weeks. It reminded me of when Jesus healed the blind man in Mark.
And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
I can only imagine what that blind guy’s face looked like when he could see clearly for the first time. But when I gave my son his new glasses I could easily picture it.
Here’s the very moment my son put on his new glasses for the first time.
Pure joy. He said everything is different, bigger, and very clear. As a dad I’m glad my son can see clearly now. That brings me great joy. Thank you Jesus.
Look for the moments of pure joy with your kids Dads!