Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Vision Consultation

Isaiah 63:9

"In all their distress he too was distressed,

and the angel of his presence saved them.

In his love and mercy he redeemed them;

he lifted them up and carried

them all the days of old."

When she knocked on the door, I noticed she was armed with a box big enough to carry a small child, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. As we sat down, I caught her up to speed on all of Ansley's vision problems. She then began questioning me about whether or not Ansley was able to do certain tasks.

"Does she seem to hesitate when crossing from one floor surface to another?"

"Does she seem to have trouble picking up small items, like cheerios, and grasp them on the first try?"

"Does she have trouble seeing items of similar color?

Such as a cheerio on a high chair tray or a light switch on it's plate?"

She continued on down her list with my response continuing to be the same. No, no, no... After about fifty questions (no joke) she began to shake her head and smile. She looked up at Mrs. A (Ansley's main weekly therapist) and said something we have heard from every therapist Ansley has ever seen, "Why am I here?!" Mrs. A looked over at me and smiled a knowing smile and said "I ask myself that question all the time!" I felt that familiar prodding from the Lord and began to share the power of prayer and faith in Jesus, along with the compassion, mercy and power he has showered over Ansley. Blank stare. Not an unusual response I tell you!

After a lot more questions, the vision consultant went to the floor to begin her "tests". Ansley had already discovered the giant box of toddler goodness, so the consultant got girlfriend's attention and they began. She passed one test after another with the appropriate vision responses. The consultant (Mrs. K) began to laugh again, talking about how she had never had a child pass all the tests and not seem to have any vision related difficulties. Mrs. K mentioned how sweet and enjoyable it was to play with Ansley, and mid laugh she said, "You know, sometimes I just forget what it's like to play with a normal toddler." I jerked up a little straighter as our therapist reached out to touch my knee. When I looked up at her she had tears in her eyes and said, "Did you hear that, Momma?" I couldn't make my lips move through the shock, but I verbally nodded while the tears spilled out onto my lap.

As the session came to a close, Mrs. K said we would definately not be needing her services because she had no suggestions to even give. Ansley didn't need any help with her vision.

My God, my God how you rescue and save!!!

Jeremiah 29:13-14 "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and will bring you back from captivity. "

We had a really difficult few days adjusting to Ansley's glasses. But now, the Lord has just lifted us up out of that dark place and set our feet up high again. Then he displays his delight in rescuing our hearts by granting us with the amazing gift of the consultation.

My sweet sweet is the the most precious angel I have ever laid my eyes on. It is truly indescribable the depths of JOY the LORD pours through her. Anyone who has ever been around her knows exactly what I mean.

If I had a thousand words, I could not tell you of the anguish our souls have walked through in the past 21 months. But, there could never be words to describe the JOY and the PEACE and the RESTORATION the Lord lifts us up with again; the praise HE HAS FILLED OUR HEARTS with (nothing of our own ability) to lift up as a sweet aroma before His mighty throne.

Psalm 145:18-21

"The LORD is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;

he hears their cry and saves them.

the LORD watched over all who love him, but the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever."

(By the way, blogger has gone nutty and I cannot for the life of me get my formatting to correct, so excuse the weirdness of the spacing and what not- thankyabye)


Mike and Jen Torregiano said...

I am praising the Lord with you today!! Also, she looks way too darn cute in those glasses. :)

Kat said...

Yay! That is amazing! I agree though....the glasses are absolutely precious on her!!

The McBs said...

Praising Jesus right along with you!!! WOOT! Wish we could have a party!

Chris Jenkins said...

That is great! What a blessing. And I must add that she is the cutest thing in her glasses and those boots. She just has the sweetest smile I think I have ever seen. God is truly good all the time.