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Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Already having a healthy girl, we assumed that when I became pregnant again eighteen months later, all would be plain sailing. We should never assume, though. God could have different plans — and in our case, He did.

After another uneventful pregnancy, I gave birth to another beautiful girl. When she was only one day old, my sister noticed a white speck in her eye. By the next evening, Fiona had been seen by a paediatrician and an eye specialist.

My husband and I were called to see the specialist who gave us the news. Our baby had congenital cataracts in both eyes. In simple language, Fiona was blind and would have to have four operations on each eye, and even after that, her sight would be only enough for her to feel her way around and distinguish light from dark.

Needless to say, there were many tears, but there were also many prayers raised on our behalf. This was of great encouragement to both my husband Ken and myself. After the second operation, it was obvious she could see a little. The sight still wasn't very good, and we all got used to her feeling our faces to figure out who was nursing her.

She was one year old when she got her first of many pairs of glasses. She was a normal little girl who would not let her handicap deter her in any way, and we did not try to stop her. When Fiona turned seventeen and could but for her bad sight have obtained a licence, I was the one who copped the blame, and the tears flowed again, until in my daily devotions, I read Exodus 4:11: "Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the Lord?" (NLT) I realized that if God had willed it, He had the power to give her perfect sight despite rubella or anything else, but for some reason He chose not to.

Fiona eventually had more surgery — this time lens implants — so that she only needs glasses for reading now. She still has only ten percent vision, but we're thankful for that. She is now a thirty-year-old mother of three. I know the Lord has something special in mind for her, and am thankful for a loving heavenly Father who has upheld us through it all.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank You that You have a plan for each of us and that all we have to do is hand everything over to You and trust You for our future. Amen.

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Lyndal Lane
Lawnton, Brisbane, Australia

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