Today, I can see. When I was in China, I lost my glasses on the bus or at English Corner. That was about 2 years ago. When I realized they were gone for good, I just hoped they went too someone who needed them. Now, I have a new pair. 2 new pairs, actually. And I went on a walk and I thought about how beautiful this world that God has given us actually is. Oh yes, I believe it is a beautiful gift from Him to us.
The first thing I did, actually, when I got my glasses was look through them and try to comprehend the new sort of depth perception and clarity. It is like watching high definition in an IMAX after only being able to watch old videos, yes, on VHS. You know what I mean? I mean the ones that have a poor visual quality to them and cheesy acting. The ones we loved as kids and have to get touched up on dvd/digital now. Those ones. That is what getting glasses is like. It is like going to the IMAX after only watching old VHS.
Then the first thing I did was sweep my floor. ...Then I cleaned my dustpan.
After a while, I went on a walk. It was beautiful outside. You know what a miracle having glasses is? It is a miracle.
I showed my new glasses to my dear friend, Minta. She asked me what it looked like before. This is a question that although I can give an answer to, it doesn't really make sense unless you have experienced it or something like it. So, I handed my glasses to her and she looked through them. She was surprised. I asked her what it looked like. She said it looked blurry. That is exactly what I would tell people when they asked me what it looks like without glasses.
Last time I got glasses, people would say, "Oh, now you can see!" or, "Oh, now you can see the blades of grass and the trees!" In a way, I didn't care if people said that. In a way, I almost had to stop myself from letting myself think they were judging me. And it is not that they were making fun or anything. They were comprehending and letting me know that they were happy for me. Before I got my glasses this time, I had forgotten the clarity they brought.
Let me show you what I mean.
Instead of seeing this dandelion,
I take off my glasses, and look at this fuzzy picture and think, "Yep. That looks normal." (Not up close, but from a distance.) If you have only experience with excellent eye sight, you would not understand that. If you have experience with things being blurry you could understand it. I guess that is the way we people are built, though. We have no experience with something and we don't understand it. We have experience with something, we understand it, or we begin to.
Can you imagine walking around 24/7 not being able to see clearly after having been able to see clearly without any effort at all? This is what it made me think of: Can you imagine taking away the medicine one takes so that his or her immune system does not attack itself? Can you imagine taking the needed accomodations, adaptations or medicine away from a person who has AHDH, Asperger's, Down's Syndrome, Bi-Polar, eczema, Crohn's disease, etc...? How about the cast from the star tennis player who broke her arm or the crutches from the injured runner? Can you imagine, taking away someone's glasses?
So, let me just tell you, although it is weird to get used to and I have to sit farther away from my computer so I can focus on it, now, it is a wonderful miracle to have glasses. It is a miraculous blessing to be able to see. Sight is a blessing that God has given us. And the lack of proper sight is a blessing that God has also given me.
I'll take you on my little walk and show you some of what The Lord, eye doctors, insurance and my family have blessed me to see.
The morning glory - (I didn't notice anything specific, just that it was pretty and more clear. That's why I shared this one.)
I also saw some birds in a tree above me and I COULD SEE THEIR WINGS and tail feathers! I could see their tiny, tiny beaks! I mean the beak and the detail of it, not just the shape. I could see the crow's individual feathers when he spread his wings and flew. I could see the bars on the airplane that flew above. (I was going to show you the picture, but you would have barely been able to tell it was a plane.)
The columbine out my front door. It was in perfect focus.
Here is a closeup of their beauty. Notice the seeds from the burning bush on the ground. I could see those, too! :)