Every time I look into a mirror, I am reminded of my emergency eye surgery last December. Due to the type of the procedure, my right eye lid doesn’t close as it should. If I were in high school or college, I’d probably be depressed by this permanent defect on my body. Yet, as I have experienced good vision in consecutive months, this blemish has become a blessing in the eyes of the Beholder.
Or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me, 2 Corinthians 12:7-8.
To a certain extent, I am beginning to understand the words of the apostle Paul in the passage above. The Lord had blessed Paul with a special connection. While Wi-Fi didn’t exist in the first century, Paul was able to sense, see and understand the nature of God like no one else in his day. Thus, Paul came to a point in life where he accepted his physical condition, realizing that his pain was a blessing in the eyes of the Beholder.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me, 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Human nature causes most people to complain daily. I am not immune to this disease called sin, lashing out with criticism, frustration and impatience. Nonetheless, after my wife’s father passed away over the weekend, God has humbled me, making me more teachable. While my first reaction to trials will always be to question God, we all need to reach a state like the apostle Paul to accept the hand in life that we have been dealt. The sooner we do, the easier it will become to recognize blessings in the eyes of the Beholder.
by Jay Mankus