I just watched an amazing video about babies and children, ages six months to 4 years of age, born with a visual impairment. As the tiny glasses were placed on their faces, the reaction to seeing clearly the faces of their parents for the first time brought smiles and jubilant laughter. Through my tears, I thanked God for giving humanity the knowledge and wisdom to make ongoing healthcare advances.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Health Innovation: Health innovation is to develop new or improved health policies, systems, products and technologies, and services and delivery methods that improve people’s health, with a special focus on the needs of vulnerable populations. And although the WHO has received criticism, I wholeheartedly support their devoted efforts to promote efficiency, effectiveness, quality, safety, and affordability in healthcare.
From a spiritual perspective, many of us are also visually impaired. We cannot see how much God really loves us, nor are we happy or content with our present circumstances. My prayer this morning focused on gratitude. As I reflected on the past 24 hours, I thanked God for a new day and a comfortable bed with soft pillows. My day was productive: three meaningful worship sessions with God, wrote a Devotional and ate two power-packed nutritional meals. Downtime included repotting a couple of plants, playing my favorite online game, and listening to various artists’ inspirational music videos. Yes, I enjoyed another worry-free day.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2
My journey to a peaceful existence involved an emergency plea to God for help. A few days ago, I was blinded by self-reliance. My spirit was crushed because my focus was diverted from God to the presenting circumstances. After a couple of sleepless nights, I became sick and tired of my visual impairment. After reading, Jeremiah 31:3, The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving devotion,” I had a real-talk with God. Me: God, I know that you love me. But I feel so distant from you, my insomnia has returned, and I feel anxious. Please tell me what I need to do to feel your love and to calm my worries. God answered me through the lyrics in a song: Place your life in God’s hands, and you will experience complete peace.
Immediately, I recognized that God was speaking to me. I stopped what I was doing and prayed a simple prayer: God, I place my life in your hands. What will you have me to do? Amen. Every day, I commit to placing my life in God’s hands and pray that He opens my eyes that I may see His loving plans for me. Throughout the day, I make a conscious effort to express my gratitude by just saying, Thank you, God. I love you. Like the babies, I am smiling and laughing because, for the first time, I am really seeing my Heavenly Father.
Our Heavenly Father’s arms are long enough to wrap around each of us. He patiently waits for us to commit our lives to Him. Go ahead! Seeing God clearly is a life-changing experience.
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High. Psalm 7:17
Bible Reading: Psalm 34
God, we commit our lives to you. Please reveal your plans, and help us to realize that you love us with an everlasting love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
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