WAYLAND — Raymond Carver once wrote, "I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark."
Hornell-Native Ron Faulkner was a cargo pilot in Alaska for many years before a terrible motorcycle accident left him in the dark.
Faulkner has been blind for four decades, but his faith allows him to see the world in a different way.
On May 2 the Wayland Lowell Club had him share his story with them. Faulkner was eager to share his belief that God had opened a door for him, and gave him a beautiful life.
“It is some of the most beautiful scenery in God’s green earth,” he said about Alaska. “Forty years ago on May 28 I went into town to meet a friend. I collided with another motorcycle. I would never see again. Forty years ago on Memorial Day was the last time I had physical light, but the spiritual light exceeds that.”
Faulkner said his face had been crushed, and he needed some bone taken from his hip to redo his nose.
“I spent the next couple of years trying to figure out what I was going to do as a blind man,” he said. “God caused my blindness. I came across scripture that said God made the blind and deaf and made no apology for it. I am grateful God did this for me. I was 29 years old when this happened, and 31 years old when I figured it out.”
Faulkner traveled all over the world and shared his story.
“I was traveling a lot to search for something,” he said. “I wanted to know what the purpose of life was.”
God told Faulkner to build a home and get back to work, so that is what he did.
“What God commands he enables,” he said. “I worked as an airport planner for three years, and worked on building my house.”
In the early 1980s Faulkner quit his job as an airport planner, and went to Texas for a year on little funds. As he kept making his way back to Alaska he would work on cabinets, doors, and tables.
“I never had a single lesson,” he said. “I had faith that God would provide for 40 years. I lived my life for the Lord. The only time your impairments handicap you is when you let them.”
Faulkner had a lesson he wanted to share with the community.
“When you walk with God as long as I have you can’t do anything else. If God offered me 20/20 vision in trade of knowing his son for one second I wouldn’t trade,” he said. “It has been rough. Until you have had some lousy, terrible, rotten, no good days you can’t appreciate the mediocre ones. I don’t want people to think I have had a bad life. I lived the last 38 years not knowing how, but to let God provide for me.”
Faulkner added the most important thing to know that God is good.
“God created evil for a purpose,” he said. “Once you have known evil why would you want to stay there? It pushes you towards him. God wants a relationship with you more than anything. I encourage you all to listen to His voice.”