Saturday, September 17, 2016

Seeing Red

EnChroma, a company based in Berkeley, California, has created eye glasses that allow people with colorblindness to see hues that they do not usually experience.  Kimberly Yam, Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Report states that “An estimated 32 million Americans experience some degree of colorblindness, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The eyewear…which address red-green colorblindness – the most common form – have the potential to help four in five people with the condition by making everyday, outdoor tasks easier.”  It is amazing to watch videos of people wearing the glasses for the first time.  There is much joy and excitement as they see the world in a colorful new way.

A few weeks ago, I experienced the joy of seeing red in another way.  For the past year, I have been wrestling with whether to try a fairly new MS medication the doctor recommended.  Weighing the side effects against the possibility of helping with the maintenance of the disease has caused me to do some research as well as lots of praying.  After Vacation Bible School and vacation were over, I finally decided I would give it a try, even though I was still very hesitant about taking it.  I prayed and asked God to give me wisdom and to make it very clear whether this was the right treatment for me or not.   Within an hour of the first dose, I was covered in a red rash.  Larry wasn’t quite sure what to think about my joyful thrill in seeing the red rash.   A phone call to the doctor confirmed that I needed to discontinue the medicine.  I love that God made the answer obvious, even if it meant that there was a red rash in the process.

What a gift to be able to see the beautiful colors of God’s creation.  May my eyes and heart also be willing to see through God’s lenses to see what He sees and respond in obedience.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I Peter 5:7

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

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