I like what Solomon said in verse two of chapter seven: Be as careful to follow my teaching as you are to protect your eyes.
I had a very scary experience with my eyesight last year. My wife, the lovely lady LeeAnn and I had a rare day off, and I decided to take her on a drive down the coast. Most of you know that we live in southern California, and Pacific Coast Highway is only about an hour’s drive from our home. We like to get out of town whenever possible and have lunch or dinner by the water and listen to the seagulls and watch the waves.
Well, we were taking a nice leisurely stroll on a pier, enjoying the warmth of the sun with a gentle breeze on our faces, when all of a sudden my vision was filled with what seemed like a million tiny red spots in my left eye. They seemed to sort of cascade down from the top of my field of vision and then just sort of drift around in my eye. It scared me. I didn’t know if I was going blind, having a stroke, or what was happening.
I won’t go into all the details, but as soon as I was able, I went to Urgent Care where, as soon as the doctor on call heard my symptoms, I was sent directly to an ophthalmologist who told me that my retina had become detached. He decided that the best thing would be to do laser surgery right away to sort of spot weld the retina to keep further damage from happening. I’m thankful that we caught it when we did. Today I’m left with no vision at all in about 40 percent of the bottom part of the left eye. I still have all of my central vision, but the bottom part of my peripheral vision is gone.
You’d better believe that I do all I can to protect my eyes now.
So Solomon’s words really hit home with me. I’ve read this verse many times before, but this is the first time this verse ever really hit close to home.
Be as careful to follow my teaching as you are to protect your eyes.