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The Father's Eyes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Psalm 32:8

Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com.One day while getting a haircut, I noticed a father and his two young sons enter the shop. The man sat in another barber chair while his children waited. Within moments, the boys began misbehaving. Their father looked at them sternly without saying a word. The boys quickly complied. Several minutes later those children pleasantly played with each other. The father glanced affectionately at them as if to say, “I love you.” The children smiled back. That afternoon, the father did not have to use words to communicate with His boys. The watch care of his eyes spoke volumes.

My experience in the barbershop reminded me of the way Jesus desires to relate with His family. He does not want to shout or scream. He will not write messages in the clouds. At times, His overtones of love come quietly. The Lord Jesus wants us to walk closely with Him. He desires to guide us with His eyes.

Jesus cannot lead us with His eyes if we are not looking at the Author and Finisher of our faith. Let’s take time today to turn aside and look at Him. Turn off the smartphone, walk away from the computer, and ignore the television. Take a walk to be quiet and pray. Sing songs and hymns to the Lord, or read a Christian biography. All these things will help you turn aside from distractions and focus on Jesus.

He loves you, and He wants to share Himself with you. Do what you need to do to get your eyes fixed again. God can guide you better when you are face-to-face.

Prayer: Jesus, teach me to keep my eyes on You, not only on the problems of the day. 

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Rhett Wilson

Rhett Wilson pastors The Spring Church in Laurens, South Carolina. His blog, Faith, Family, and Friends, can be found at www.rhettwilson.blogspot.com. He enjoys doing life with his wife and three children, exploring waterfalls in the Carolinas, reading and writing, and listening to wholesome country, classical, and Broadway music. He enjoys reading Southern fiction and legal thrillers.