A Blind Teenager Shows us What it Means to Live by FaithJean Kelley March 19, 2020 36 Comments
>>Alyssa: Grass is soft like the angel hair
pasta. Grass kind of resembles that.
I guess, I don’t know. [laughs] I’ve been blind since birth. I have a disease called Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. People often ask me, is it hard being blind?
Is it scary? It’s not. It’s just a normal way of life for me. There was a time in my life when I was angry
about being blind. I was very into makeup and trying to look
my best. I really wanted to look in the mirror and
see what I look like, but I couldn’t. The Lord spoke to me and he told me that I
am beautiful on the inside. That I don’t have to worry about what I look
like on the outside. That he is the only one who can tell me what
I look like. The mirror can’t. Sometimes I feel like I’m a little bit of a burden to people.>>Grandpa: Tea’s right in front of you girl.>>Alyssa: Sometimes I wish I really didn’t
need that much help. I wish that I didn’t have to rely on them.
>>Mom: Ok, you got everything Alys?>>Alyssa: Yep.
>>Mom: All right. We’re out front>>Grandpa: Alright. Break a leg.
>>Alyssa: I’ll break two. If I could see, I don’t think my faith would
be as strong. Because for a blind person, you have to rely
on the Lord. It’s like your faith becomes more real because
you’re used to not seeing things. You’re used to believing in someone that you can’t see. For example, my mom, I can’t see her.
I may be able to hear her, but even if I couldn’t, I can’t see her, but I know she’s there. So for me, I think it’s easier to know and to understand that, though I can’t see God, he’s really there. I think it has a lot to do with walking by
faith and not by sight. I have this desire to help people, but I feel like being blind sort of limits
me as to what I can do. But the reality is, God has given me a gift
of singing for him and leading worship. I feel like that’s my way of helping people.
I’m grateful for that. [singing]Can you tell me if I’m beautiful.
I can not see myself. God made me but I still wonder why I can not understand. So tell me if I’m beautiful. I have so much joy and so much anticipation because I know the first face I’m ever going
to see is Jesus. And that means the world to me.