I recently walked through my house in the dark. I found myself going a little sideways, bumping into furniture. That’s when I thought about Jimmy Lopez.
Jimmy lost his sight as a premature baby. He was in an incubator for two months.
He was born in Colorado in 1954, and went to the Nebraska School for the Visually Handicapped. In 1969, he returned to Colorado and enrolled at Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs. Jimmy told me all of this and concluded, “But nothing will stop me. I still believe I will be healed.”
I shared my experience about walking in the dark with Jimmy and asked, “How do you do it?” He said, “Everything I do, I try to do it by faith. I go everywhere by faith.” He continued, “When a blind person goes anywhere, the cane or guide dog can’t take them. They’re the only ones that can get themselves there. The implements help, but I have to know where I have to go. Faith enters in my KNOWING I’ll get there. Another thing. I was trained in younger years to do that. I know how to get around. How to cook and wash my clothes. Thank God I learned this at the school in Colorado Springs. It gave me assurance, knowing each time I do it that it’s going to come out the same. It should be the same for the sighted, but they depend on what they see more than anything else.”
Jimmy also said this. “I’ve accepted where I am right now, but I have faith I will be healed.”
This is such an inspiration. If you’re in a dark place, God will get you through.
I’m glad I talked to Jimmy. It helped me “see” how to walk in the dark, and to know “I’ll get there.” It gave me a new meaning to 2 Corinthians. 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Jimmy also showed me I can keep my focus (eyes) on Jesus. There’s a scripture, “When I (we) sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me (us).” (Micah 7:8) What an awesome promise.
God is our light, and as Jimmy texted, “Nothing will stop me (you).”