Distraction of Disbelief

I have the opportunity to share a devotion from this talented author and friend, Kim Cusimano. We are both published in Whispers of Grace with several other gifted authors and speakers. I know you’ll be inspired by her words. I’ll be posting my February devotion next week.

Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Psalms 86:11

“You don’t need to run tests on his right eye. He wears a prosthetic eye.” After trying to talk to the technician at the optometrist’s office about my son’s right eye, I resolved to sit back and find the humor in her actions. She started with the familiar directions, “Follow the red dot. Try not to blink.” After completing all the tests on his left eye, I tried again to explain why there was no reason to test his right eye. She held firm, “I’ll just go ahead and test them both.” One more time, “Ma’am, there is no need. It is an acrylic shell, cosmetic only.” She tested both eyes.

I grinned, realizing there was no way I was going to convince her of the truth. My son’s right eye is hand-sculpted and hand-painted. No matter how real it looks, it is incapable of vision. Countless red dots would not change the fact he is blind in his right eye.

Truth can be a tricky thing. We can declare something to be true that is not true at all. The technician could see an eye that looked real, so she presumed it needed testing for some measure of function. Notice her actions followed what she believed. Also, it was apparent she was influenced by other variables. One variable was her position. She was the technician, and I was not. She had a job to do, a chart to complete. Another variable was her experiences. Had she ever seen a prosthetic eye?  

What would have been a good measure for her to use in validating the truth? She could have listened to his mother. The person who was with him after surgery when they removed his malformed right eye and left an empty eye socket. The person who sat with him while a skilled gentleman worked to create his prosthesis. The person he ran to on the beach when sand would get under it, irritating enough to remove it, “Here, Mom, hold my eye.”

This experience at the doctor’s office still brings a chuckle and reminds me to be careful how I determine truth. The technician had access to the patient’s mother, yet she let her position and possible lack of experience hinder her perception of what was true.

I am guilty of this with God. He is my Heavenly Father, my creator, and yet I do not always go to Him to validate what is true.  He has the position and knowledge to confirm the truth. The Bible says He is the originator of all truth. It belongs to Him. Psalms 86:11 says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”

Dear Lord, help me walk in Your truth. Help me to recognize what is true in light of Your character, Your position, and Your knowledge. Remind me not to lean on my limited understanding but to be a student of Your principles and truths. Amen

Kim Cusimano is the founder of Full Joy Ministries. She is an author whose poetry and articles have been published in several compilation books. As a mother to four, two of whom are special-needs young adults, she spends her time encouraging those around her to reach their full potential.

Visit her at fulljoyministries.com

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