What Do You See?
Christ had a divine appointment prepared for a local church’s mission team and me on a recent trip to Ghana. It was in a predominately Muslim area where we treated those who were blind as a result of cataracts and totally dependent on family and friends to care for them.
What happens when there is no access to medical care?
It was heartbreaking to hear the news that the lifespan of patients in areas with limited or no access to eye care was drastically shortened due to the challenges of daily life. Many on the list for cataract surgery that we tried to call had died before we could treat them with surgery. There were also hundreds on the list who had cataracts from glaucoma, but without access to medication the disease had destroyed their sight and it was too late for surgery.
After triaging and screening many patients with cataracts, we were able to identify those that surgery may potentially help restore their sight. The most important preparation for surgery was to share the gospel.
We explained to the crowd that our goal was not to perform good deeds that would help earn our way to heaven. We were confident that our place in heaven was secure, not because of anything we would do but because of what Christ did for us on the cross. Our faith teaches us that by the grace of Christ and our faith in him we are saved. We were in Ghana to glorify Christ and ultimately have them regain their worldly sight and see the things of the world, but eventually see through their spiritual eyes of knowing Christ.
With great anticipation, the patches were removed, and the smiles of joy were overwhelming.
One man shared that he had never seen his children who had been caring for him for many years and one by one they came forward. He first recognized their voices and then would scream with joy as he saw their face for the first time.
Time after time we saw men and women who were brought to the clinic led by their family and able to leave independent smiling and full of joy.
John 9 1-5
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
As he went along, he saw a blind man from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. After saying this… the man went and washed, and came away seeing.
Do you often go about your day too busy and miss the opportunities that Christ has prepared for you to glorify His name and show His power, if you would only see through His eyes?
Christ urges us to slow down and look for chances to show love and compassion.
Do others see Christ in you when you…?
- Get angry after someone steps in front of you in line.
- Get Irritated with your children because you are too busy to stop and listen.
- Are angry and jealous toward a coworker.
- Miss the opportunity to tell your spouse you love them because you are in a hurry.
Christ had arranged a divine appointment for us when we touched them with the love of Christ.
Our pastor pointed out that one day even this gift of sight will end when their eyes close for the last time on this earth. When they open their eyes in heaven for their final divine appointment, our faith tells us that they will not have their family or friends with them, but they will be alone standing face to face with Christ. The question then becomes, “Do you know Him, and does He know you?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.
We prayed that they might see the power of Jesus Christ and know that He is the true light of the world. They now see the world around them, but our prayer was that they would come to know Christ before their final divine appointment.
For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.