We have all heard the cliché “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” It sure seems to be true doesn’t it? The love inside of us can easily be seen through our eyes and the eyes of others. Through our eyes our tears emerge, compassion is shown, and joy and laughter is often times expressed. Even a simple glance as it turns out can be very complicated.
When I used to drop my kids off at school, there was this split second when they looked back at me and after some reflection; a profound understanding of love enveloped me. I believe God gave me spiritual wisdom and helped me to see clearly the world from His point of view. “Your eye is a lamp that provided light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.” [Matthew 6:22]
He allowed me some brief but very beautiful moments, which have forever changed the way I look at a simple glance.
It first happened when my daughter started to attend kindergarten. She walked quickly say goodbye, grab her stuff and make her way up the walk toward her elementary classroom. She would walk about halfway toward her destination and then she turned her head and looked back at me. At first I waved and said goodbye again, then after it happened over and over, I began to see so much more in her simple glimpse back. I then began to wait for it every morning and sure enough almost every morning she began her journey toward her day and just when you thought she forgot, she looked back. Then as time went on and my son grew to school age, sure enough he looked back also. Every day you thought he was gone mentally and physically, quickly making his way toward his big day and then there it was, in an instant, he would turn around and look back at me. I still cherish those moments.
As my children made their way to adulthood they consistently looked for me and consistently to this day look back.
I can’t help but ponder all the times I looked back. I think about all the moments I looked for my mom and dad. Sick at school as a child I waited fervently to see my mom’s face come through the door. I can see clearly all the times my parents sat in the audience and I peeked out behind the curtains to look for them. I still see them carrying hot dogs, or drinks toward me as I was seated at different sporting events. I remember as a child waiting for them to come into my room and tuck me in every night. My eyes actually fixed on the doorway. I even measured the side of the wall every night and tried to visually mark exactly where I thought their eyes might land when they turned the corner to see me and I stared at that spot until they appeared.
It may seem like the simplest of gestures to see someone look back, but for me a simple glance opened up the floodgates to a whole new world of precious love encounters for which I am today truly thankful.
It is funny because it’s not really the look or gaze that unlocks the love is it? It is sacrifice, commitment, trust, and an intimate bond between people, which is communicated in a brief second.
Sometimes when we will take a moment, slow down and allow God to move, He will increase our capacity to appreciate and recognize Him. He will give us the eyes to see mercy, grace, favor, blessing, and true love all around us. I have learned to take simple moments and look back at Him. I believe God seeing us; His children look for Him, at all of our moments of our journey through our lives must warm His heart. It is so comforting to know He is always there, waiting for us to look back, waiting for us to trust Him, see His sacrifice, and count on Him for all of our many needs.