What Does Extraordinary Look Like?

By August 29, 2012Uncategorized

I learned yet another interesting fact recently: Our Eyes Are The Same Size From Birth.

That’s a wierd and wacky fact about eyes. So I dug a little deeper and came up with more interesting, weird and wacky facts about the eye.

  • About 80 % of what we perceive comes through the eyes.
  • Our memories are made 80 % by images.
  • Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain (50%) to get involved.
  • Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
  • 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable [https://www.vsp.com/eyes.html]

So my eyes really are the window to my soul as 80% of everything I am exposed to comes in through this one sensory organ and 20% comes in through the other four senses (Touch, Taste, Smell and Hearing). This means that 80% of everything I will ever think of and 80% of everything my brain will ever process will be based on what my eyes will be exposed to.

Then comes the really interesting facts: Each of my eyes has a blind spot but I will never know this because my eyes work in partnership and where one blind spot appears, it is covered by the ability of the 2nd eye. Likewise, 80% of vision problems worldwide are either curable or avoidable.

I have drawn so many parallels between the working of this organ and life, it’s uncanny.

But wait, there’s more:

  • Being cross eyed is genetic but it doesn’t impair my vision er go … you don’t need both eyes to see – you can see just fine with one eye – but not perfectly.
  • To make a memory, more than one sense has to be stimulated.

So all in all, this means that in order to create memories I must be able to see something and engage my brain as well as at least one more sensory gift / organ. AND something that looks wrong doesn’t necessarily affect how things work.

I’ve gone back and forth with this piece for a while, wondering what God was trying to say to me and through me. My Bible tells me in the book of Habbakkuk to write the vision and make it plain so that those who see it may run. Sight and vision are related but not the same. They could be first cousins or even sisters but each one with her own uniqueness and peculiarities.

I watched an award ceremony celebrating the lives of great African Americans. During his acceptance speech, Stevie Wonder said that there is no magic, magic is God. Another recipient of this award stated that she didn’t have a choice in succeeding despite her challenges.  “My hero is my history and my history is a people who have succeeded.”

Yet another said that she serves a God who has that magic that has made her understand that her destiny is to succeed.

Too many times we make excuses for the situations that God has placed us in. We don’t understand why things happen to us the way they do and why God allows it and people ignore it. Over the course of my life, I have had four major surgeries on my knees / legs – the latest one being five months ago when I broke my leg. It was not of my doing or of my choosing. Had I been asked my opinion, I’d probably have said that there must be someone who is better able to handle this thing than me. Someone better suited who will bear it with grace and come out smiling. Someone who is more physically fit and whose body would heal and bounce back better than mine. Someone whose faith is stronger and who is younger. But God chose ME. That’s the fact of the matter and against that there is no going back.

There were nights in the past few months when I thought morning couldn’t come soon enough. There have been moments when I questioned if I even wanted to make it at all. There are instances when I didn’t think I would ever walk again. Logic told me that this pain I was going through was too intense to recover from. My mind protected my heart and for a season I never dreamed of a day I would not need assistance in the littlest mundane tasks of life – like scratching my toe! My sight was near – my vision impaired. But day by day, I learned that trusting in God is going through life and accepting that what has happened has happened and nothing can change the past; what really matters is how you face this moment, your here and now, your ‘for such a time as this’ moment. Courage is not the absence of fear, it is being able to face that thing which most terrifies you and not hide. It is admitting to fear but not running from it.

Today, exactly 154 days after breaking my leg, I am able to walk without the support of the metal crutch that has been an extension of me all along. I am able only because God made it possible. I am here because of Him. It is not by any special thing that I have done but by the mere fact that I serve a God upon whose voice the foundations of the earth were laid. I am that I am is who He told Moses His name was – and that was so that Bev could become who Bev is today.

So, what does extraordinary look like?

  • Extraordinary is the simple fact that in and of myself, I am a blind spot so God gave me a wonderful mother who nursed me back to health. Together, the two of us have perfect vision because when one was low, the other would pull her up. I adore you Mummy, I have no words for a love as great as yours.
  • Extraordinary tells me that on the days I would have my check-ups and see nothing but bruising and wounds and ugliness, God gave me Dr. Tim to tell me that just because I was cross eyed, didn’t make what I saw true. He is the expert and therefore what he said was the fact as opposed to what I saw with my ‘lazy eye’. God bless you Dr. Tim for the laughter and joy you brought to my life as you showed me what was despite what I thought.
  • Extraordinary tells me that the memories over the past five months have been made 80% by what I experienced but I had to engage the world. So God used my wonderful father, and siblings then brought me friends who have stood by my side. You all know what it is you have done for me. You may never know the extent but may God repay you in His currency the love you have shown me in yours.

And finally, I lean upon greatness to say that there is no magic, God is magic. By His love He has carried me with His love He has wiped my tears and brought me through. I had no choice by to succeed because my history is His story and His story says I WIN! No matter the situation, His story prevails because His blood runs through my veins. Thank you Lord for showing me that because of you, I am that I am and because of that, I am extraordinary. This is how it looks. Every time I glance in the mirror, I am in the presence of greatness. You wrote my vision before I understood it. Now Jehovah, I ask that you continue to make it plain so that those who see it may run.

XOXO – From a Girl-About-Town



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