Daddy’s big brown eyes always drew me to him. Never did I peer into them and see anything but acceptance and love. Granny shared with me that Daddy’s Sunday school teacher reported: “To look into William’s eyes was like looking into deep pools of love. His pure heart was hungry for the things of the Lord, even as a young boy.”
I have Daddy’s tiny little first-Bible. Worn at the edges, broken spine, and now held together by a rubber band, it was used for years as Daddy’s only book in the house. It’s hard for me to imagine a house without books, while my home study looks like a mini-library. But this little boy-sized Bible brought truth to my Daddy’s heart…and passed on to me through his unconditional love. He explained to me that his youth was spent working the fields for food…no money nor leisure time wasted on such luxuries as books…other than this one.
Those eyes…pools of love…how I miss them. Yet the memory of them builds a bridge for my trusting Father God to watch over me with even more perfect love. With Daddy having only one book, The Book, this centered his soul upon Truth without distraction. No wonder Daddy’s eyes were as pure pools and built within me a trusting heart.
David gazed heavenward: “Unto You do I lift up my eyes…” [Psalm 123:1] Jesus looked always to Father, recorded by Matthew: “Looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples.” [14:19] Continuously keeping His inward eyes towards His Father, it is written in John 5:19, “Jesus therefore answered…truly, truly…the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He SEES the Father doing, for whatever the Father does, these things the Son does in like manner.”
John wrote: “Behold the Lamb of God.” [1:29] Distractions do hinder us; but, once a heart is committed to Him, even after brief detours of the soul, attention will return again to Him. To ‘behold’ is defined as to look upon one who is impressive. No doubt we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that the habit of the soul in gazing upon Father’s eyes will center us upon the One who loves deeply. He eternally impresses our lives, and He then transforms us into the likeness of His Son. The inward gaze of our souls must earnestly be upon His beautiful eyes…deep pools of Perfect Love.