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There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her.

She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see the world, I would marry you."

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: “Take good care of your eyes, my dear; for before they were yours, they were mine.”

Crazy gal, isn’t she? Superficial, selfish, and self-serving. Whoa, whoa! What am I saying? I’ve done the very same thing.

God, in His grace and compassion, has given me eyes to see my path, secure and solid. Yet, I still wring my hands when adversity knocks at the door and I feel lost in my misfortune.

He provided for my every need, yet angst trickled down when my job was threatened.

He said He’d comfort me should pain visit my days, yet fear filled my heart at the thought of a negative health diagnosis.

He gave me more than eyes; He gave me life, eternal, glorious, and certain.

So why would I not cling to that divine Friend who cured the blindness of my soul and allowed me to see hope beyond circumstances, and confidence on shaky ground?

“Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Praying your eyes are opened, focused, and delighting on the friend who gave His life for you and me.


Janet Perez Eckles

“Life is not about what you cannot do because of circumstances out of your control. Success comes when you recognize what you can do with what God has given you. Live in a hectic, hurried world? For my God-honoring, free inspirational newsletter, just send a blank email to:

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