“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV.
Father’s eyes continually scan the horizons of the entire earth; searching for the heart of even one of
His children that He has captured. Just the slightest detection or hint of one totally committed heart evokes an
eruption of color from Father’s eyes that rival the Northern Lights dancing and swirling gleefully like a “love drunk” schoolgirl.
I know--I have seen the Northern Lights on a number of northern trans-Atlantic flights. They must reflect Father’s eyes detecting the heart of one of His children committing fully to His heart. Why do I believe this to be true? Because they
explode, dance and twirl all the way across the horizon with the sharpest and broadest display of color imaginable! That is the only way I can begin to capture or describe the experience of looking into His eyes.
Phil Whickam, in his song, “You’re Beautiful” wonderfully proclaims that ‘The colors of the morning are inside your eyes.’ There is no color spectrum or palate known to man that could provide adequate definition to the colors of the
morning. They are beyond description! Yet, our Father’s eyes contain them all.
All it takes is one glance into Father’s eyes—when your eyes catch His loving gaze; you see the dancing light and color—and for that moment you are certain His gaze has always been fixed on you. In that moment all of life comes into perspective. For that exhilarating moment; in the loving reflection in His eyes, you see yourself: your history, your family of origin, every relational experience—the good and the bad—and for that moment your life’s journey is okay.
The sum total of your life: the joys, the pain, the ups and downs, the struggles, the failures, the successes and victories, the infirmities, the shameful and knowingly sinful acts, the rebellion, the insane and addictive behaviors, the confusion, the doubts, the fears, the deepest-yet untold secrets, the sincere good intentioned attempts at changes and reconciliation, the previously unknown or miss-understood divine interventions, every moment of your history fades into
the pure light of His non-shaming, non-judgmental, all-consuming loving gaze.
Every glance into His eyes becomes a divine, romantic encounter of intimacy (into-me-see). And in that moment you recapture the deep knowing of childlike simplicity. You are restored to the sweet innocence of perfect Holy Communion with Him! In this loving exchange you are only aware of Father’s joy and complete delight to be with you! You are arrested by His approval and pleasure.
You are confronted in this sacred moment, with His great plan for you and the wondrous place of significance you have in His will and purpose! In this same moment you recapture destiny and calling. You finally fit. Everything has meaning—there is nothing in life that has been without reason—nothing wasted. Even your sorrows aren’t wasted—you see there redemptive value! Grief and loss is finally acquainted with Father’s loving plan. All of life’s divine purpose comes into clearer focus—in the perfect light and color of Father’s heart piercing glance.
Our Lord Jesus knew—revelation of Father’s love changes everything. No Cross is unbearable. In Father’s eyes we see that every test does refine our faith like gold! The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to keep our eyes on Jesus…He began and finished the race of life we are in…He set the pattern for us to follow. We are to study how He did it.
He never lost sight of the goal or the prize. He always kept Father’s will before Him. And Jesus always knew He was headed for an exhilarating finish—in and with His Father. Jesus also, always kept the Father’s loving glance in view. He only did what He saw His Father doing and because of that, He could put up with anything along the way—even the Cross, with all its shame! The only proof we need is that He is now seated at the place of highest honor; His Father’s right hand. Thus, we can see in His eyes (no matter what is happening around us) that we are also seated with Him in Heavenly places.
In the grip of Papa’s loving gaze! Ron Ross