Eyes Tell The Inside Story
Embrace Who and what they represent
My love of, and honestly, near-fascination with a person's eyes go back as far as I can remember. When I met an 18-year old beauty almost four decades ago, the young woman who would later become my wife, the first feature I noticed were her eyes. And yes, while they were quite captivating, it was what her eyes revealed that really caught my attention. I remember looking at her emerald green peepers for the first time, and I felt like I immediately knew her. Her eyes told me what she was too shy to verbally convey, that she was kind by nature and that she had an abundance of love to give. Her matching "greens" were at once attractive to me. And as an added bonus, I found out later that only 2% of the population is lucky enough to naturally possess green eyes, so I guess I knew from the start that she was pretty darn unique!
We've all heard the Chinese proverb about the eyes being "windows to the soul". The Chinese were undoubtedly onto something thousands of years ago. You can see a wide range of emotions in a person's eyes: happy eyes, sad eyes, anxious eyes, loving eyes, pain-masking eyes, frightened eyes, exasperated eyes, angry eyes, and joyful eyes, to name a few. But I have learned to believe that you can also see hope in someone's eyes, more specifically the hope of Jesus Christ. A ray of hope and the sparkle of the Holy Spirit. Like a chameleon, the emotions in a person's eyes seem to adapt to the person's circumstances. But unlike those emotions, the glow of Christ I see in people's eyes never changes, it is unwavering, it is constant. Francis Chan, noted teacher and author, says that "our bodies are the Spirit's temple." It seems a reasonable assumption to me then, that a person's eyes are the portal by which you can see God as He resides in each of us.
I was working at a BBQ fundraiser event recently to raise funds for Austin's most vulnerable, in a fairly tough part of town. Late in the afternoon, a gaunt gentleman named Chuck stopped by our table, looking for a respite in the hot afternoon Texas sun. I immediately was drawn to his striking, baby blue eyes. Homeless, clearly hungry, and on the edge emotionally, Chuck conveyed to me that he had just checked out of the local hospital, and was still weak from an apparent premature expulsion from the facility. I offered him a chair and an escape out of the stifling heat and gave him the remaining four sausage wraps I had on-hand, his eyes offering the only payment I received. He reciprocated with conversation, but I honestly can't remember much about our interchange. I was mesmerized by his eyes, which shown beauty even though encapsulated by a face obviously weather-worn. We enjoyed each other's company, I offered much-needed fellowship for him, and blessed him with a short prayer. Like a larger-than-life billboard, his captivating eyes had caught my attention, which was a stark reminder to me that Jesus indeed resides in everyone.
It seems a reasonable assumption to me then, that a person's eyes are the portal by which you can see God as He resides in each of us.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta said as she worked with the impoverished that in each of them she saw the face of her Beloved--Jesus. Much of her life was spent "seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time...". Over these last few years of working with some of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, I can truthfully say that I too see the face of our Beloved in each of them, and specifically in the sometimes strained eyes of those to whom we serve. My highest hope is that each of us will look into each others' eyes, embracing what they represent, embracing Who they represent, and graciously serve the King within.
My highest hope is that each of us will look into each others' eyes, embracing what they represent, embracing Who they represent, and graciously serve the King within.
Let's Embrace The Grace, together.
It's All Good.