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Andrew's Testimony

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Published on Oct 19, 2012

2001 and 2002 were a nightmare for me. I had to put up with operations and the information which I was given by my consultant: "Sorry Andrew, you are to remain blind for the rest of your days.

I was converted at the age of 4 but had not been as good a person as I should have been so I thought the Lord was punishing me for all I had done in the past. I was feeling very low and hoped to expire soon, perhaps during one of the operations I was awaiting.

The very year I went blind, I had set myself the goal of reading the Bible in one year but I never thought that I wouldn't be able to finish it in time. I managed to read up to John 8 on the 31st of August.

When I woke up from the coma, Dad decided to read the rest of the Bible to me since I couldn't do it for myself. He found where the first blank space was in my little calendar and commenced reading. It was John 9. I listened between tear and tear to the verses:

"His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? (...) Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened that the work of God might be displayed in his life."
John 9:1-3.

I felt much better having listened to those verses though the problems were still there.
Although I still have my low moments, I remember Isaiah 41:10. It reads like this: "So, do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

I feel an inner peace I cannot put in plain words. Now, I do not mind being blind physically because I know that I am not blind spiritually ("My Lord turns my darkness into light" -- 2nd Samuel 22:29). I know that I will see again, if it is not during my time here, in heaven.

And the most important thing I have learned through my blindness is this:

1st Samuel 16:7 says:

"For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart".

God will not judge us according to our pretty outside. He knows everything including our thought life, the things that are unseen and which embarrass us. Those hidden sins, that shameful deed you can't shake from your conscience...

And yet, God loves us so much there is nothing we may have done or thought that is greater than His love for us. Even though the spotless, perfect, holy God will judge with justice and righteousness, He came to earth so that in Jesus, He would go through our hell on the cross so that we would not have to face that prospect ourselves. He loves you so much He took your place to forgive everything, even the things we don't wish anybody to see. If you are honest with yourself, you know the things nobody else other than God and you know. Those things already make you a sinner in front of God. Acknowledging it is just being honest with yourself and God.

And yet, do you want to do something about it? Being honest only makes you remain in your current condition but do you follow Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? Andrew Díaz Russell.

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