One of the most common problems that can prevent young children, as well as some adults, from reading as efficiently as they should is what clinical optometrists and pediatric ophthalmologists call poor ‘eye tracking.’
The left to right movement of the eyes when reading is one of the most complicated, yet important muscle movements the human body can make, but unfortunately is rarely checked during most general eye exams. If left uncorrected, some of the symptoms of poor eye tracking will be the tilting of the head when reading, the constant rubbing of their eyes, squinting, headaches, and unusual tiredness.
It is interesting that nearly all who suffer from poor eye tracking share one common symptom, which may even be a problem for some of us who have perfect vision: the tendency to skip words when reading.
Around 609 BC, a letter was delivered to the King of Judah by the prophet Jeremiah; a letter that foretold that the land of Jerusalem, and all 10,000 of its citizens, would soon be taken captive by the infamous tyrant and ruler of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar. However within that same letter, God provides Jerusalem with a message of hope and promise that many of us as believers apply often to our own faith today:
“For I know the plans that I have towards you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 is an incredible scripture that shows just how an all-knowing, all-powerful God can be so mindful of you and I, despite our shortcomings and our failures. However, what many tend to skip over when reading this scripture are the passages that come before it, particularly verse 10.
“For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform my good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.”
In verse 10, God shares with Jerusalem that while He indeed has thoughts and plans to prosper them, their future successes will only come after a period of great trial and pain; a period that will last a total of 70 years.
It is very important for you and I to always remember that success, while something we all often dream of, does not happen overnight. True success in God comes through process, and in this instance, comes in context. Our desire to get to the end of a struggle must never be at the expense of truly appreciating it if we are going to mature as believers.
When you and I realize what an amazing author our God is, we will find the same amount of joy living out the middle of our story, as we do rushing to see how its going to end.