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River Reflections: Worrying

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
For tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mathew 6: 34 NIV

I sat staring at the Tennessee River, but not seeing it. I was blinded by my thoughts, chastising myself for wasting time earlier in the year worrying about my eyesight.

In January of 2022, my eye specialist told me, “You have very complicated eyes.” She continued with her diagnosis, “You have cataracts in both eyes, glaucoma in both eyes, and a genetic abnormality in one eye retaining fluid that could damage your optic nerve.” My mind left the building. I thought about my Aunt Marguerite. When she was about my age, she woke up one morning and was blind. She spent the rest of her life living in gray shadows. The idea of loosing my sight consume me. I tried to comprehend life without sight.

After months of anxiety, my life finally came into focus. I stopped worrying and reflected on all of God’s blessings: blessings I had taken for granted. Thankfulness filled my heart. My faith restored, I knew beyond a doubt God would take care of me, with or without my eyesight.
Thankfully, my eye problems have been corrected with laser surgery, cataract lenses, glaucoma stints and glaucoma drops that, hopefully, will reduce the eye pressure and save my sight.

I reflected: “Do not be anxious about anything,
But in every situation,
By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
Present your request to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6, 7 NIV

By Cathy Renee King