People tell me I have beautiful eyes. I don’t say that with arrogance or as bragging rights. Honestly, I don’t always believe it. When I look in the mirror all I see is puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles. But when others look at them, they see a sparkling blue that sometimes captivates them I guess. Seriously-just last month, while shopping for sunglasses a female store clerk stopped and said, “I don’t want to sound weird but you have really pretty eyes. I mean they really just pop.” I laughed, thanked her and may have said it was ok if she meant it weird I’d still take it as a compliment. I’ve had many male suitors drop the “you have gorgeous eyes” line on me a handful of times also. In my younger naïve years I would fall for it but since hearing it so much I tend to just respond with “thank you” or “I’ve heard that before.” But when asked what I think my best feature is, I will say my eyes simply because it’s what I get complimented on the most.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul. I think I’d have to agree with that. I’ve seen people with dark souls and their eyes tend to be shifty and beady. I’ve seen mothers look at their children and watched joy dance through their eyes. I’ve also seen mothers look at those same children and watched terror or sheer embarrassment displayed through their eyes depending on how their children are behaving. I’ve seen tired eyes, tearful eyes, eyes that show deep despair. And unfortunately, I’ve seen eyes glassed over from drugs and alcohol-those eyes can have a complete blankness to them implying the emptiness the person must be feeling inside.
Yesterday I noticed a set of eyes that spoke something else. I’ve seen these eyes before. In fact I’ve seen them many times for more than half my life time. But yesterday I really noticed them. These eyes displayed a genuine kindness and a humble heart. There was no judgment behind those eyes. In fact, the person’s mouth didn’t just smile, they smiled with their eyes. Have you have ever had the fortune of seeing that? I’m sure I have in the past but those smiling eyes yesterday really got my attention. There’s was an acceptance I’ve never noticed before but looking back, in all the years I’ve known this person, they have always looked at me with that same acceptance.
God really drew my attention to those eyes yesterday. I believe He was showing me how He looks at us-with kindness, humility, unconditionally and without judgement. And no matter what our pasts look like, how much we screw up the present or what the future holds, He always looks at us with acceptance. Romans 8:38 tells us nothing can separate us from His love. Jeremiah 31:3 tells us God loves us with an everlasting love-with unfailing love He draws Himself to each of us. Even though in Revelation 1 it describes Christ’s eyes like flames of fire (vs 14) I believe those flames show the power, passion and unabandoned love He has for each of us. When God looks upon each of us I believe He doesn’t just smile, His eyes dance with joy and smile too.
If the eyes really are the window to your soul, and my eyes are viewed as “beautiful”, I hope and pray that people see beauty in my soul as well. But most importantly, I pray they see Christ’s love radiating from my soul through my eyes and that light penetrates their soul as well.