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Two Options When Faced

With A New Test/Trial:

Worry; Or Trust

In our last Heir-Lines I made a request for prayer regarding my injured left eye and I /we (Marti) cannot thank you all enough for all your care and concern. We have received get well cards, texts, phone calls, emails, love, encouragement and prayers from literally all over the country. We have, also, received some donations to help with the ongoing medical expenses and we simply cannot thank you all enough for your help and assistance. I know who you are, you know who you are, and most of all the Lord knows who you are! Please know that we are so very, very grateful to you all and, again, I’ve asked the Lord to bless and honor all of you for all your care and concern on our behalf. Needless to say, we have been on a 4 month physical/emotion journey that I never dreamed we’d ever take. With this said, I hope you all don’t mind that I bring you up to date with where we are at in this new test/trial, and sharing it with you all in the following remarks.


About the middle of August last year, I woke up and my left eye was very irritated, and two days later it was so painful that we went to our physician who sent me immediately to the ER at Memorial Hospital here in Colorado Springs. They sent me to a specialist (Dr. Ronald Pelton) who diagnosed it as a scratched cornea, put some meds in my eye, and bandaged it. About 4 days later the bandage was taken off and I was instructed to keep putting eye drops in 4 times a day. Two weeks later my vision was so blurry so I was sent to another specialist (Dr. Steven Dewey) and after he looked at it said that there was no blood flow to the back of the eye and serious damage had been done because of this blockage. I was then sent to have a sonogram done for the carotid artery to see if it was blocked.

Thankfully, it wasn’t. The next day I went through 3 ½ hours of tests for both retinas to see if there was blockage there. Again, thankfully, both were ok. After all these tests were done, another specialist (Dr. Mark Chittum) then told us that they could not find out what has caused the blockage and that there was “nothing they could do for the eye.” Unbelievable! Marti and I just looked at each other and were stunned. He then suggested that we see yet another specialist (Dr. Dean Carlson) and get his opinion. My reaction was, “Why? You just told us that there is nothing that could be done?” However, after processing the situation I felt, “Why not? We’ve come this far, what’s another co-pay?” So, we made an appointment and I’m glad that we did. Normal eye pressure should be 12-20. My left eye was over 50; my right eye was 27. He suggested immediate surgery to remove this pressure which we did. A week later, we did the right eye as a preventive measure. And please remember that through this entire process we have so many friends/family praying for us. PTL!


Well, on November 23, 2017 the eye pressure went from 50 to 27 on the left eye; and 27 to 19 on the right eye. Regarding the vision readings, the left eye went from 20/150 to 20/70; and the right eye is now 20/25. When Dr. Carlson saw this, he was encouraged as were we. So, he recommended that on Dec. 5th that I have surgery for cataract and glaucoma which includes an Ocular Implant and that he would do whatever he could to open the blockage.  He said that he could not promise that the vision would be any better but for the first time in four months we heard this….that he was “cautiously optimistic.” However, if we choose not to have the surgery, the left eye would never get any better. So, the surgery was done and Dr. Carlson said that it went well. However, as of this writing I have no vision at all in the eye because of blood in the eye as a result of the surgery. Needless to say, we are hoping and praying that our Lord will bring about a total healing. Doctors can operate and do amazing things in surgery but as we all know, only God Himself can make possible our healing.


As I’ve taken this journey there has been moments of doubt, fear, frustration, anger, depression, and anxiety. Then one morning during my quiet time with the Lord He showed me that whenever we have a new test/trial there are two options: worry, or trust! I then looked over at a sign on my office wall that says, “I’m as weak as my fear; I’m as strong as my faith!” Then, the Holy Spirit whispered to me and reminded me of Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths!” Well, I started to cry and told the Lord that I was so sorry that I got caught up with fear and worry, (Guess what? It doesn’t work! Worry can eat you alive!) and that I’m going to trust Him no matter what happens. And when that happened, God gave me such a peace that I simply cannot explain! Halleluajh!!! The very next morning with the Lord I came across this old chorus to validate what He showed me the day before and the young folks today have probably never heard it. And for those of you reading this that are facing a test/trial I pass it on to you today, ok?

 “God will make a way, when it seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me. He will be my guide, walking closely by my side. With love and strength for each new day, He will make a way, He will make a way for me.”  


Amen? Amen!!! I love you all so very, very much!