Today I got to visit with my son Clay. (Clay is a wonderful musician and worship leader in his church, Valley Creek, Flower Mound, TX. A video clip is on our home page)
What a wonderful miracle of vision has been given him. There is a new eye procedure called Vision ISL where a lens is actually implanted in the cornea giving previously legally blind persons the ability to see without contact lens or glasses.
Clay is 40 and has been legally blind since birth. There is no end to the searching out of God’s marvelous plans for a life. When the doctor told me when Clay was 6 months old that he had an inoperable eye condition with nystagmus and damage to the optic nerve I felt a peace that this child would be a special instrument in the hands of the Lord.
When he was twelve a very kind Jewish woman that I worked for raised the money to send Clay and me to the Mayo Clinic so the best doctors could examine his eyes to see if there was any hope for a change. At the end of the week the conclusion was there was absolutely nothing that could be done for Clay and his limited eye sight would deteriorate in time. Again, I felt the peace of God and knew that he would not go blind.
A year and a half ago the Lord blessed Clay and his wife Beth with not one but two precious little baby girls – Addy and Tori. All along the Lord had a plan for Clay and it was unfolding before our eyes.
In August when I was in Costa Rica I received a call from Clay asking for prayer because he had somehow gotten a retina infection in one eye that they thought was a parasite or unknown bacteria. There was some concern he would lose sight in one of his eyes. The church in Costa Rica fasted and prayed and, once again, I knew the moment God had answered our prayers. Clay called and said the doctors now said they could not find any infection – Hallelujah!
In October someone sent Clay a YOUTube video clip of someone who had the exact same condition that Clay has and who had this Vision ISL procedure and could see. That was enough to excite the entire family. When the story got out in Clay’s church that he was pursuing this new eye procedure a man in Clay’s church named Patrick came forward and offered to pay $10,000 towards the procedure.
The miracle continued to unfold. A doctor in Dallas who could do the procedure examined Clay and told him that, unfortunately, the measurement of his cornea was not correct to make him a candidate for the procedure. Clay was not discouraged at all. He contacted the doctor in California who was most famous for success in this procedure and after patiently waiting to hear back, received word a couple of weeks ago that the doctor would try to help Clay.
Clay and Beth flew to California while I watched the twins. The miracle continued to unfold. Originally the doctor said that there would probably be two procedures before he could be a candidate for Vision ISL Then there would be a 6 month time of healing to be able to return for the final procedure. As we continued to pray we knew that the Lord was in control of the unfolding events and I received a call from Beth saying that miraculously the doctor said the first two procedures would not be necessary and he was going to go ahead with the lens implant.
After the procedure Clay kept saying “It is amazing! It is amazing!” All of his life everything has been a blur without glasses or contact lens. Now he could focus.
Clay’s life has changed. Today I even got to meet Patrick and his wife who so generously paid for this procedure. Their love for the Lord was obvious. Clay told me that now he can even see colors better and was talking about getting a driver’s license.
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Matthew 11:5
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I shalt do unto thee? The blind man said unto Him, ‘Lord, that I might receive my sight.” Mark 10:51
For more about Clay go to www.claycollinsmusic.com