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Trader Jakes – Issue 950- July 9, 2021

“In God we trust” Page 5

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive

young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the

steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of

the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he'd told her was

empty. Then she's settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and

rested her cane against her leg. It had been a year since Susan, thirty-

four, became blind. Due to a medical misdiagnosis she had been ren-

dered sightless, and she was suddenly thrown into a world of

darkness, anger, frustration and self-pity. Once a fiercely independent

woman, Susan now felt condemned by this terrible twist of fate to

become a powerless, helpless burden on everyone around her. "How

could this have happened to me?" she would plead, her heart knotted

with anger. But no matter how much she cried or ranted or prayed,

she knew the painful truth, her sight was never going to return.A cloud

of depression hung over Susan's once optimistic spirit. Just getting

through each day was an exercise in frustration and exhaustion. And

all she had to cling to was her husband Mark. Mark was an Air Force

officer and he loved Susan with all of his heart.When she first lost her

sight, he watched her sink into despair and was determined to help

his wife gain the strength and confidence she needed to become inde-

pendent again. Mark's military background had trained him well to

deal with sensitive situations, and yet he knew this was the most dif-

ficult battle he would ever face. Finally, Susan felt ready to return to

her job, but how would she get there? She used to take the bus, but

was now too frightened to get around the city by herself. Mark volun-

teered to drive her to work each day, even though they worked at

opposite ends of the city. At first, this comforted Susan and fulfilled

Mark's need to protect his sightless wife who was so insecure about

performing the slightest task. Soon, however Mark realized that this

arrangement wasn't working -- it was hectic, and costly. Susan is

going to have to start taking the bus again, he admitted to himself.

But just the thought of mentioning it to her made him cringe. She was

still so fragile, so angry. How would she react? Just as Mark predicted,

Susan was horrified at the idea of taking the bus again. "I'm blind!"

she responded bitterly. "How am I supposed to know where I'm

going? I feel like you're abandoning me." Mark's heart broke to hear

these words, but he knew what had to be done. He promised Susan

that each morning and evening he would ride the bus with her, for as

long as it took, until she got the hang of it. And that is exactly what

happened. For two solid weeks, Mark, military uniform and all, accom-

panied Susan to and from work each day. He taught her how to rely on

her other senses, specifically her hearing, to determine where she

was and how to adapt to her new environment. He helped her befriend

the bus drivers who could watch out for her, and save her a seat. He

made her laugh, even on those not-so-good days when she would trip

exiting the bus, or drop her briefcase. Each morning they made the

journey together, and Mark would take a cab back to his office.

Although this routine was even more costly and exhausting than the

previous one, Mark knew it was only a matter of time before Susan

would be able to ride the bus on her own. He believed in her, in the

Susan he used to know before she'd lost her sight, who wasn't afraid

of any challenge and who would never, ever quit. Finally, Susan

decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own. Monday morn-

ing arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around Mark, her

temporary bus riding companion, her husband, and her best friend.

Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his patience, his

love. She said good-bye, and for the first time, they went their sepa-

rate ways. Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday ... Each day on her

own went perfectly, and Susan had never felt better. She was doing

it! She was going to work all by herself! On Friday morning, Susan took

the bus to work as usual. As she was paying for her fare to exit the

bus, the driver said, "Boy, I sure envy you."Susan wasn't sure if the

driver was speaking to her or not. After all, who on earth would ever

envy a blind woman who had struggled just to find the courage to live

for the past year? Curious, she asked the driver, "Why do you say that

you envy me?"The driver responded, "It must feel so good to be taken

care of and protected like you are." Susan had no idea what the dri-

ver was talking about, and asked again, "What do you mean?" The

driver answered, "You know, every morning for the past week, a fine

looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the

corner watching you when you get off the bus. He makes sure you

cross the street safely and he watches you until you enter your office

building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and walks

away. You are one lucky lady."Tears of happiness poured down

Susan's cheeks. For although she couldn't physically see him, she had

always felt Mark's presence. She was blessed, so blessed, for he had

given her a gift more powerful than sight, a gift she didn't need to see

to believe -- the gift of love that can bring light where there had been

darkness.God watches over us in just the same way. We may not

know He is present. We may not be able to see His face, but He is

there nonetheless! Be blessed in this thought: "God Loves You - even

when you are not looking."Written By: Chaplain Jerry Vintinner

Love is Blind...

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