Ryan Knighton, Tracy, Dr Michael Ziglar discussed on Information
Dr Michael Ziglar, I was listening to the program this American life IRA glass, the host was interviewing a man named Ryan Knighton. And I was intrigued by what Ryan was saying. His words brought me to see life through his is through the eyes of a man who happens to be blind. Ryan started going blind. When he was eighteen years old. And now he has completely lost his sight. And he was explaining how one time he was traveling on his own and his wife had asked him to give her a call when he got to the hotel. Now, this is a simple task for those of us who are cited. But it's a little bit tricky for Ryan he gets into the room and feels for the bed and then works his way up the bed and probes the nightstand. Looking for the phone, but there's no phone so he crawls over the bed and gropes about for the other night stand expecting the phone would be there. But no phone he crawls off the bed and shuffles over to where he would expect. There's a table grazes with his shins and looks around the table with his hands still no phone, and he starts to circle the room, patting down every square foot of the. Room the couch and the desk, he says this experiences like living inside a first person video game, but everything's dark. Everything's black. You can't see a thing until you touch it. And then when you touch it the object lights up for a moment. But then when you let go and move on it recedes into a low resolution dark mental image of the room. He's trying to construct pixel by pixel in his mind's eye, and he searches and searches and he can't find the phone. So he gives up goes to bed and figures, he'll just try again in the morning. In the morning. He is awoken by a familiar sound. A phone is ringing. He crawls out of bed and homes in on the direction of where the sound is coming. He finds it fumbles with the receiver picks it up, and it's his wife, Tracy. She's worried about where he is. Why didn't you call last night? And Ryan says I I checked for the phone. There was no phone in this room last night. I searched the whole place, and she you know, she doesn't believe him. He's blind. So he hangs up the phone decides he's going to get a little bit more sleep. And he turns to go back to the bed. What he runs into a wall? In the wall was not there last night. He panics a little bit. And he says, you know, it's kind of funny in some ways. But it's also terrifying. I'm a grown man lost in my hotel room. And so he starts feeling his way down the wall expecting it to end. But then there's another war that wasn't there last night. And as he's narrating this. I'm thinking did they did they pick him up and move him to a different room while he was sleeping, and he says he feels his way down that one comes to a corner that he wasn't expecting. And then it hits him that he was in a part of the room that he hadn't discovered last night. He hadn't had on his mental map of the room. He was in an alcove with a little table and a phone. Ryan says that the problem is when you're blind. You cannot assume anything. You get a picture in your mind. And if you get it wrong, you live inside the mistake. Ryan said that people often ask him and his wife. Tracey how they cope as a couple with his blindness and Ryan wrote that it's mostly in the small things. He says I reach for a glass, and I can't find it. And I continue talking to you over the table on my hand continues to look just when I give up Tracy nudges the glass to my fingers. It's so casual the allowances she gives me to try and to fail, and it's so reflexive her help when I need it. That last part is from Ryan Knighton memoir cockeyed. In it. He narrates how he came to grips with this decade long loss of his vision. It's a powerful memoir. It brought me to see life through another person's eyes person who happened to be going blind. I was giving a message in a church, and I like to make eye contact with people when I'm speaking in public. So I can connect with them. And I look in the back of the church, and I see a younger, man. Not looking at me. But looking at the baby in the row in front of him making silly faces getting the baby to laugh and to. And. Little annoyed because I did all this work for this message side, I look at him and I look around and I look back. Maybe he's locked in now. But no, he still distracting that poor helpless baby. And as I'm speaking this message, I am forming a picture of him in my mind's eye, obviously, he's dealing with some sort of spiritual blindness or apathy. I got to talk to him sometime afterwards. And I learned a little bit more about him. Some of his story. He had. A medical condition. That recently almost killed in. And only by a miracle of God he survived and now, he just sees life different. He thinks about the wife and the young children he almost left behind and he sees people differently drawn to people, and he also said he was encouraged by my message. So apparently he can do more than one thing at once. Unlike me as he shared this. I was embarrassed. I seen him all wrong. In my eyes. He was just another. Nobody who didn't recognize my greatness. Sometimes I get the wrong picture in my mind and get trapped in Miami mistake. There's this scene from John's memoirs of Jesus and in this chapter chapter nine of his book. There are a lot of people who are struggling with blindness for the cited ironically, they come to see. They come to see through the eyes of a man who was blind. So listen to John chapter nine. Jesus was passing by. He.