How’s Your Eyesight?

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My eyesight without correction is very poor. My ophthalmologist has told that me I am extremely nearsighted and that I have an astigmatism (I’ve never fully understood what that means, but I take that to mean that I’m so nearsighted I’m farsighted).

Really without the help of my glasses or contact lenses, I can’t see much of anything. You literally could be standing five feet in front of me and I would have a hard time knowing who you are without my corrective lenses.

What’s amazing is that I grew up for years without knowing that my diminishing eyesight was anything but normal, until one day.

The Baseball Game That Changed My Life

Poor eyesight and questionable athletic ability don’t make for a good combination, so as a child, I ended up holding two positions on the baseball team: right-field and the bench.

One day, I struck out for the 23rd time in a row (I know it was 23 times because all my “friends” in the dugout were counting – Oh, the shame!).

I can still remember my mom yelling, “That’s my child!” as I headed back to the bench with my head lowered, feeling fully defeated

(There are three things you need to know about my mom: 1) she’s always practiced unconditional love, 2) even though she understood that the object in baseball was to hit the ball, she cheered for me regardless, and 3) her name is “Alice Cooper” so people used to steal her real-estate signs and hang them up in their rooms!).

At the end of that particular game, I had a conversation with my coach that literally changed my life.

Coach Scott called me up to the pitchers’ mound, looked at me with sympathy in his eyes, and said, “You’re having a hard time, aren’t you, Coop?”

At that very moment, it was as if a light bulb went off in his head, and along with it came a brilliant idea. “Turn around and read that sign in center field,” he said.

Laughing, I replied, “Coach, no one can see past second base!”

Right then Coach Scott yelled out, “Alice! Your boy needs glasses!”

A Helpful Trip to the Eye-Doctor

I had a serious eye problem, and I didn’t even know it, but I was soon to discover the wonderful world of 20/20 vision (everyone who has had this discovery knows exactly what I’m talking about – the trees, the signs, the people, a whole new world is opened up to you!).

In addition to glasses, my parents bought me a pair of huge, tinted sports goggles. I was off to my next game with perfect vision.

When it was my turn at bat, I stood there ready to swing with all my might. But as soon as the first pitch came, I dropped my bat, let out a yelp, and jumped back away from the plate.

It was the first time I had seen the ball!

Shaking, I picked my bat back up, dusted off the dirt and stood for the 2nd pitch.

It felt like it all happened in slow motion when the ball was released again, floated its way through the dusty air, and for the first time in 23 at-bats… the ball hit my bat with a loud crack!

I hardly knew to run. I watched the ball climb up, and up, and up, over the heads of the infielders and over the heads of the outfielders until it finally went over the score board. I had broken my slump with a home-run!

With my huge tinted goggles on and my arms lifted in the air, I rounded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bases and finally jumped on home plate. I was on top of the world! (Of course, my mom was yelling, “That’s my child!” And this time, I didn’t mind at all).

A Prayer For Spiritual Sight In 2014

It’s amazing what corrective lenses can do for us and how a proper perspective can literally change everything.

As we enter into a new year, it’s my prayer that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened and that God would give us more spiritual sight and revelation of his goodness and his grace toward us, so that we may know him better.

Will you join me in this prayer for more spiritual sight this year?

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:15-21, ESV)

May God Himself give us this sight, and may we all see and know more of the glory and grace of Christ this coming year! Amen.

I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).

3 thoughts on “How’s Your Eyesight?

  1. Remember as if it were today! Always felt bad about not catching it myself or thinking of it, and I’m sorry I let you and Stuart go that long and not see well. Coach Scott caught it and I had you both in the next day! And, yes, you got sport glasses. They were my guilt glasses! And, you will ALWAYS BE ‘MY CHILD’.

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