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Cataracts, Lasers and Divine Spittle

Updated on June 16, 2013

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"Your cataracts have matured." That's what I heard Dr "Robbie", my good friend and optometrist, said. Just what I always wanted: mature cataracts! So about a year ago I was relieved of my mature cataracts. It was something of an ordeal: one eye at a time, and all those drops! But the promise of clear sight made it all worthwhile. Except that within a few months my sight began to deteriorate again. For the past month I've been reading SKU numbers at work with a magnifying glass (kinda slows you down) and seeing fuzzy images at a distance. Anything past 15 to 20 feet away was a blur. I saw general contours but not specific features.

Of course I went back to my friend, Dr.Robbie, to see if something else might have "matured." He explained what was happening in fancy med talk. Here's my take in crane-speak. The clear sacks that held the artificial lenses that had replaced my mature cataract infested natural lenses had now become cloudy. Not to worry! What I needed now was a laser treatment. So the plan was to shoot my eyeballs with a laser. Simple painless procedure. Sure!

Now I trust Dr.Robbie. So a few days ago I got lasered by the ophthalmologist he suggested. When I showed up, I was greeted by a team of cheerful nurses with all the usual preliminary procedures: temp, blood pressure, eye drops to numb and dilate. When I got an X drawn on my right temple, I began to worry. The guy with the laser gun didn't know his left from his right. "Medicare requires it," I was told. That calmed my nerves. The government is in charge!?

It ended well. By the time my right pupil was back to it's normal size, I could see perfectly. Well, almost. When my left eye is lasered I'll see you perfectly, perhaps even right through you. Well, that would be like not seeing you at all, so maybe not.

No laser gun? Just spit.

There's a fascinating incident in the life of Jesus recorded in Mark 8:22-26. Some folks brought Jesus a blind man. They asked the Savior to touch him. With good reason they expected that a mere touch from the Son of God would give instant sight. If God, he's omnipotent. If omnipotent, he can do it instantly. Besides, many had just been healed by a mere touch of his garments. (Mark 6:53-56)

Not this time. Jesus took the man by the hand, led him out of the village. Must have been something of a walk. Wonder what they talked about. When they got away from the crowd Jesus got a little weird. At least the blind man must have thought so when he felt spittle dripping down his eyelids into his eyes. Jesus had spit in his eyes. He then touched him and asked, "Can you see anything?" The startled man looked up and exclaimed, "I see people, but they look like trees walking." I can relate to that now.

Jesus then touched the man again. His sight was completely restored. He could see everything clearly. Didn't even have floaters.

Omnipotence delays

Our "bigger, stronger, faster" culture equates omnipotence with instantaneous outcomes. Of course if you have an omnipotent agent, time is of no consequence. But God is not only omnipotent. He is also wise and loving and patient. His glory is revealed as much by slow development and the use of tools as it is by sudden results.

A dramatic instantaneous miracle will evoke a "wow" from us. A slow methodical use of means invites us to participate with God in bringing about good stuff. While God doesn't mind giving us a light show once in a while; He's all about getting close to us and allowing us to walk with Him.

When Jesus was finished with the blind man, the latter not only had his sight; he'd found a friend.

Omnipotence delays so you can catch up.

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      Frank P. Crane 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for stopping by BlossomSB. Sorry to hear of your eye troubles. I'm sure it is frustrating. While frustrating, it doesn't seem to have slowed you down. I just took a look at your profile and see that you are interested in children's books. Are you familiar with Sally Lloyd-Jones. She's my favorite. I featured one of her books in a recent hub.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I was interested to read about your cataracts. My commiserations. I had mine 'done' in January and February last year. Now I have a pair of glasses with bifocal lenses and a separate pair for mid-distance when I paint or play music. After reading for a short time, everything goes fuzzy and it takes ages to go away. Lots of tests, change ophthalmologists, even a brain scan, but no nearer to a solution. Life wasn't meant to be easy, so they tell us!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Enjoyed this. Strange too, since I was thinking of this healing Jesus did only yesterday and was trying to remember was it mud or spittle. Thank you for clarifying that.

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      Frank P. Crane 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Eric. Appreciate your comment. The lesson of omnipotence delaying is taking me a lifetime to learn. Am still learning.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well your story telling was so good, i was satisfied with your tale.

      But you really built in the story of spit in your eye from Jesus, perfectly.

      I tend to agree, a slow cure is the best cure.