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The Gift of Eyes

By Elmer Josephson

(Excerpts from Elmer’s book manuscript, "Crown Keys to Health and Happiness." His first book, "God’s Key to Health and Happiness", set forth Biblical health truths which added 60 years to his life and ministry. It is still available.)

We should begin where the Lord does, don’t you think? "In the beginning . . . God said, Let there be light and there was light." (Genesis 1).

What a blessing light is, yet we take it so much for granted and especially the equipment, the eyes, though which we see and enjoy it. Do we appreciate as we should these mini-portable, technicolor motion picture cameras with an attached automatic brain memory so we can recall anytime at will scenes and friends we have viewed through these cameras!?

Studies have shown that light entering the eye has an immediate effect on muscle strength elsewhere in the human body. The Chief Engineer of the universe who created sunlight designed your eyes to work by its light, not artificial man-made ones. Whenever I see a new building being constructed without windows (because of lower construction and upkeep costs) I cringe for the cripples it shall produce, weakened eyes and bodies for lack of ‘God-light’ and real fresh oxygen-invigorated air for body health. It may save on energy heat costs during the winter months, but creates a huge energy lighting toll 12 months a year.

The Messiah is spoken of in Malachi 4:2 as "The Sun of Righteousness that shall arise with healing in his wings." This implies that there are special healing powers in the sun’s rays.*

Do as much of your work and play as possible by natural light. We cannot get on completely without man-made light in this jet-age, complex technological society - and we are grateful for it - but it is by far the least of these two benefits.

Eye Effects & Defects

You have heard someone say, "It made me so mad, I couldn’t see straight." Our emotional actions and reactions can do just that. We are aware there are many causes for eye troubles, but listen to the famed eye specialist, Dr. W.H. Bates, who had over 30 years of clinical experience. I insert this to show how our reactions to truth affect our health, even to the well-being and good sight of our eyes.

"I may claim to have discovered that telling lies is bad for the eyes and whatever bearing this circumstance may have upon the universality of defect of vision, the fact can easily be demonstrated. If a person can read all the small letters on the bottom line of the test card and either deliberately or carelessly miscalls any of them, the retinoscope will indicate an error of refraction. In numerous cases, people have been asked to state their ages incorrectly or to try to imagine that they were a year older or a year younger than they actually were and always the retinoscope indicated an error of refraction. A man 25 years old had no error or refraction when he looked at a blank wall without trying to see, but if he said he was 26, or if someone else said he was 26, or if he tried to imagine that he was 26, he became myopic. The same thing happened when he stated or tried to imagine an error; he had an error of refraction.

"The health of the eye depends upon the blood and circulation and is very largely influenced by thought. When thought is normal, that is, not attended by any excitement or stain, the circulation in the brain is normal, the supply of blood to the optic nerve and the visual centers is normal and the vision is normal. When thought is abnormal, the circulation is disturbed. The supply of blood to the optic nerve and visual centers alters and the vision is lowered. We can consciously think thoughts which disturb the circulation and lower the visual power; we can also consciously think thought that will restore normal circulation and thereby help to cure errors of refraction and many other abnormal conditions of the eyes."

Such tests confirm the power of faith and bring to mind the admonition, ‘whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, any praise, think on these things’ (Phil. 4:8). And above all, Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer."

Practical Hints

It is advisable not to use dark glasses even in the summer unless you are driving against the sun or have developed serious eye trouble. Retreating from the sun and the light only weakens the eyes which will make them even more sensitive, weaken and make more susceptible to the sun’s light.

We give credit to the good oculists, optometrists and ophthalmologists for the help they have given many thousands of people. However, by a knowledge of simple health measures, dietetics, exercise and proper care of the eyes, the wearing of glasses can certainly be postponed by many years and the constant increase of magnification can be greatly slowed.

Take extra good care of your eyes, you’ll never have another set of "originals." No eye surgery can bring back the original equipment. I would suggest, also, that you not wear glasses anymore than necessary.

God declared the scientific fact over 3,000 years before scientists caught on, that "the life of the flesh is in the blood." I would suggest that you lie on the bed and let your head hang down close to the floor so that the blood which brings life and new cells to repair the body, can do the same for the eyes. And not only the eyes, but it is so important for the entire head, the control tower headquarters for the entire body. This little exercise will also help flush off the dead cells and assist to rebuild new ones.

Another good exercise is lying with your back on the floor and putting your feet as high as possible on a piece of furniture such as a dresser; then roll your head from side to side. This will also bring blood into the head and help strengthen the muscles of the neck and ‘flush out the cobwebs from the brain’ - not to mention helping to clear calcium deposits from the top of the spine and neck.

The Scriptures have much to say about the eyes, as in the 19th Psalm, verse 8: "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes." This can be taken literally, i.e., obeying the Word and the Law of God contributes to the good sight of our eyes. But as this is true physically, how much greater spiritually when we see with the "eyes" of God.