Acts 3:1-12 (NIV)
1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer--at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 11 While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
Well, today marks the end of a long journey for me. Today I had my final checkup after several months of recovery and healing from eye surgery
. No more lying completely still, face down. No more eye drops several times a day. The healing process is declared complete. The doctor was "pleasantly surprised" at how well everything healed. He was "surprised" at the quality of vision I have in the repaired eye. My vision in that eye without glasses is "better than expected."
For my wife, Lynne, it raised some questions, like, "What did
you expect?" But for me, I could only smile because I knew God had touched me and therein lies the "unexpected" result. I had so many dear friends go to the throne God to ask for full restoration of sight. Thank you so much.
What did I
expect? I think my answer would be, "Something unique." I have learned in the last few years that it is not about me. It really wasn't about my eyesight. Rather it was about how God would display Himself. How would He be glorified?
Was I surprised? No, I don't think that is the word for it. I don't really have a word for it. I know that once again, today, I was touched by God. Today, He touched my spirit. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NASB) 20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
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