‘Well, we just need to do another test as there seems to be a slight problem.’ My routine eye examination suddenly stopped being routine and within a few minutes my optician was able to tell me that I had cataracts. Nowadays, cataracts are not really something to worry about and with a treatment window of between three and twenty years
this is possibly something that I’ll never have to deal with. But this diagnosis did cause me some concern. Yet another bit of my body wearing out. A few years ago, I considered myself hale and hearty, going to the gym every day able to keep up with the hurly-burly of Army life. Now I have something else to add to my dodgy ankle, arthritic knee and hip and damaged back. Or as one parishioner said, ‘If we had known you were this much of a crock we might not have appointed you.’ Now in the big scheme of things all of my aches and pains are small change. I know that so many of you live with much more challenging issues in your lives. For some it is the general slowing down of our
aging bodies; something that I am just beginning to experience in my own life. For others it is major illness or infirmity, borne with quiet resolution and dignity or so often in secrecy. In comparison my anxiety about my cataracts seems ludicrous. Though what has really shaken me isn’t the cataracts themselves but being told about them. One minute I was fine, or at least I thought I was, then I wasn’t. What is going to give way next, I wonder? And
that question might be something that is in the back of your own mind as time starts to work against you. Men and women have always worried about the future; they have always made plans. There is nothing wrong with that but we all know that life can sometimes wreck those plans, and it was ever thus. Jesus tells us that the God who feeds the birds of the air, the God who clothes the lilies of the field in such glory, the God who makes even the grass so beautiful is the same God who looks after us. ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today’ (Matthew 7.34) Whatever worries or anxieties you have share them with God, and with your friends. Freed from that burden live your life to the full today. And don’t worry about tomorrow till then!