Three hundred and sixty five days.
It was this exact time on Sept 17th, 2012 that Amy was simply walking into a typical eye exam for Carter. What happened next was far from typical and began a whirlwind 79 day journey for our family.
I’d say that “nothing could have prepared us for that day,” but as we look back on it that simply isn’t true. There is no doubt, considering everything that happened this past year, that the foundation of Christ in our lives and the presence of the Holy Spirit made those days manageable. We had rough moments. We shed countless tears. We didn’t understand why the trials but we persevered and praise God we found joy on the other side.
Joy came in knowing nothing we went through took our Creator by surprise. Joy in the way the church, the body of Christ, prayed for us, encouraged us, loved us, brought meals, paid for expensive glasses, hugged Carter, remembered Topher, and shared countless scriptures through text messages, FaceBook posts, cards and phone calls.
Joy came when God used this situation to bring Topher to a saving knowledge of Christ as our oldest put all of his trust in Him.
Joy continues to come in watching Carter live a normal life and knowing God continues to heal his heart as he processes all of this.
Joy comes as we learn more and more of how Cater’s story will be used for His glory.
Joy is getting to tell the Journey of The Black Eye without crying tears of pain, or sorrow, or hurt anymore. Truly the tears are those filled with joy in seeing how our Sovereign God works.
Joy is talking about it with a smile on our faces and laughing about the times like when Carter recently told a teacher, “I can take my eye out and throw it at you” in respond to her telling the class, “ok class all eyes on me.”
Joy is looking into both his eyes, seeing the sparkle, and being able to thank God for His goodness – even in the midst of our trials.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
Carter is missing an eye, but I’d think it’s easy to say that we feel like we are lacking in nothing. Maybe not the exact thoughts that flooded our minds 365 days ago but a reality none the less.