Fellow Residents of Cyberspace,
Hiram Powers once said, “The eye is the window to the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections in the mouth.” His words are saturated with truth.
Eyes are incredible organs. They illuminate the work of our hands, guide our steps along the paths of life, and allow us to embrace the beauty of creation.
I consider the eyes to be the most compelling aspect of a person’s face. These reflective pools add a sense of presence and artistry to one’s demeanor. They well with tears as they express sorrow or glisten with the thrill of triumph. They shine with warmth, revealing love and adoration, or smolder and blaze with the fierce heat of anger. Despite our best efforts, our eyes constantly betray emotion.
Eyes embody the disposition of our minds and speak to the scope of our hearts. These windows to the soul allow us to examine and interpret much of the thoughts and purposes of one’s heart. They highlight the extensive expanse that lies beneath the superficial layers of our beings.
A steady glimpse into another’s eyes brings to light what might have otherwise remained hidden. It forges a connection that pierces the heart. Enduring eye contact creates intense intimacy between two souls. What a scary thought for one with clouded vision!
Bearing this in mind, I dove into the Word. Within the pages of my Bible I sought the answer to obtaining clear, sound vision.
An ancient idea exists that the eyes are the windows through which light enters the body. A clear window allows optimal sunlight to penetrate, while a clouded window leaves one cloaked in darkness.
Considering this idea, the significance of Matthew 6:22 hit me like a ton of bricks. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is unclouded, your whole body will be full of light.” The light of the body is the eye, as it guides and directs. An alternate translation speaks of a single eye, or rather a single purpose. In order to maintain clarity of vision, our souls should be directed to a single aim. Let us fix our eyes and affections solely upon the heavenly realm.
When our purposes are divided our vision is skewed. John Ruskin said, “Seeing falsely is worse than blindness. A man who is too dim-sighted to discern the road from the ditch may feel which is which; but if the ditch appears manifestly to be the road, and the road to be the ditch, what shall become of him?”
May our purpose be single, our eyes sound, and our vision clear.
Next week I’ll discuss the joy of abandoning inhibitions.
Until Next Week,
May You Live Each Moment As If It’s Your Last,
Weekly Reflections: (Disclaimer: The great depths of my sorrow can only be justly compared to the impressive heights of my joy. If you stay tuned in long enough you’ll begin to see the silver ray of hope in even the darkest of my reflections.)
A window to the soul,
Once full of life, now dull.
Reflective pools reveal,
Exactly how one feels.
If truth is what you seek,
Allow one’s eyes to speak.
In time they always tell,
As tears begin to well.
Pain hides behind the glass,
And prays this too shall pass.
Verse Of The Week:
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is unclouded, your whole body will be full of light. ” – Matthew 6:22
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