My dear, little mother has come to a point in her life when her vision has gone through big changes. Over the past weeks she has quietly, peacefully accepted the fact that she can no longer drive. As she approaches her eighty-eighth birthday in a few weeks, things keeping changing – but she stays quite active and involved in the lives of the people God has placed in her life. She still lives in the home that my sweet dad built when I was in high school and she is a blessing to many people near and far. If you could peek into her living room twice a week you would find her teaching the truths of the Bible to young women who seek her out – they want to grow in wisdom and knowledge, and they see the strength of her faith and desire to learn from her. During the course of a week much time is spent reading and studying as she prepares to teach her Bible Studies. First thing each morning – and last thing at night – my dear, little mother spends time reading her Bible and other devotional material. Her eyesight is a very precious part of her life.
Over the past few months I have taken her to the library every week to find an armload of books to read. She is an avid reader and it’s hard to check out enough books to keep up with her! Recently I have had to help her find books at the library because she could no longer read the titles of the books on the shelves. Once she got them home she was able to read. She was a librarian before she met my father and she thinks there’s printer’s ink running through her veins!
Later today I will take my dear, little mother to a nearby vision center where she will have cataract surgery on her right eye. The doctor assures her that her vision will be much improved and that she will certainly be able to read the titles on the books at the library. And more. In a month she will have surgery on the left eye. There is a slight possibility that she may be able to drive again but that remains to be seen (no pun intended). Please pray that all will go as planned during the surgery and recovery time and that God will give the surgeon wisdom and guide his hands. A verse I learned long ago comes to mind. I have taken a bit of ‘poetic license’ and I have changed the words him to her – it fits my dear mother so well.
You will guard her
and keep her in perfect
and constant peace
[both its inclination and its character]
is stayed on You,
because she commits herself to You,
leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.