Monday, March 16, 2015

Eyes to See

You can learn a lot about a person from their eyes that goes far beyond words.

"I'm fine" doesn't always mean "I'm fine." Sometimes you look up and find that the joy is missing; lost in deep wells of pain that hurt your heart to see.

"I love you." You see the laughter, and your heart catches the sparkle. It grows and branches, and fills your whole body with a dancing happiness, that shines then from your own eyes as well.

"How are you?" Sometimes, when spoken, this is simply a filler; a solution to awkward silences. But sometimes, the warmth of the question unspoken is overwhelming; the kindness and concern reaching through as a balm to the soul, and the kindling of friendship.

     Every emotion and story under the sun can be found encircled by frames of blue, green, brown, and grey.

     Even in strangers, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of the heart, just by smiling and looking them in the eyes. Honestly, try this sometime. Look at the eyes of the people you pass on the street, or at the store, or in a home. Look at the eyes of a child playing with her stuffed animals. Or an elderly man sitting in the back row at church. It adds a life to that person; a depth of humanity that you miss when you don't take time to see. It can be both joyful and sorrowful, but it is always beautiful.

     Think about it. Every. single. human being you ever see or meet is known by God, inside and out, through and through. That person is His masterpiece. Loved. Cherished. Wanted.

     We walk by these people everyday, and rarely notice them. We take the presence of a friend for granted. But each one is a miracle. How can we not love them? That is our call as believers. Jesus saw people for who they were, loved them, felt their pain, and shared their joys. And he wants us to follow in His footsteps. Isn't that beautiful? I want to see that. I want to know that beauty.

Look around and see the glory of this creation. Step out and see what God sees.

Take it to heart and give thanks.