Here is a picture of my eye when it was at its worst. I was looking at these again with Yolanda and she said she didn’t want to see them. When we look at them, it really does bring back a rush of emotions from the past and the pain that I was in and our family in general. We all have pain from our past and sometimes we have little reminders that can keep us trapped in how we used to feel. I had thoughts of suicide, i asked yolanda one time if she was going to leave me because of the physical and emotional liability I felt like I was to the family, I was out of ministry and my call felt stalled, I was getting about 1.5 hours of sleep each night and would get up at 2:30am to take a bath and pull on my hair because it hurt so bad, we still have lots of medical bills to pay, I went through a period of time where I didn’t want to leave the house and see ANYONE or talk to anyone and I am now taking a pill that is helping my eye but could give me bladder cancer if I take it too long. These are just a few of the things that I have been going through the past 4.5 years, but I also have to think back on the good things that Have happened like…many people in the church blessing us with food, money and prayers, a church that re-hired me when I could have still been a medical liability for them as an organization (thanks Sarah and Reece), knowing that there are literally hundreds of people around the globe that are praying for me, a wife that loves me and only see’s me as already healed, a new perspective on life that has changed my relationship with Jesus FOREVER, a loving mom and dad that have both offered me there eyes and countless people that God has opened my eyes to (pun intended) that need Jesus and will listen to me because I have actually had my faith tested and I know what I believe. All that to say this; you have an option whenever you go through something in life. You can easily look at the negative or the bad, but you need to seek out the positive and not ask God WHY but ask him WHAT. Not WHY is this happening to me, but WHAT are you teaching me and what do I need to learn about myself and my purpose in this life.
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Author of "Holy Crap; Finding God's Presence in your Pain" and General Manager of Rocky Mountain CTN and striving to break the mold of what is known as Christian Television. Yep. The term "Holy Crap" and "Christian Television" in the same paragraph. Sounds just about right for my life. View all posts by 7holycrap
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Thank you for sharing your story.
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Thanks for returning the favor 😉
I have been thinking about this blog post since last night when I read it. THis story is amazing and I am standing in faith with you and Yolanda.
Wow – what a story. I am not certain what happened to your eye, or what you have, but your testimony is amazing. I know that my own faith has been tested many times, and sometimes I wonder “why me?” Thank you for writing this blog, for showing us your raw self, and helping us to realize that we are all on this journey together and that the tribulations we go through are part of His plan. Hang in there and I will keep you in my prayers.
Meghan Williams, San Diego CA