The Eyes Have It
As I flipped through a stack of mail this week, I noticed a Macy’s promotion hidden underneath all the bills.
I thumbed through the beautifully- photographed catalog and oohed over the jewelry, shoes, and purses. New spring dresses made me wish I was two sizes smaller. Then I saw it: a Clinique bonus promotion. Yay! I don’t know about you, but that’s when I buy my favorite makeup and get a free bag filled with new cosmetics to try.
It’s funny how much importance we women place on our appearance. We want our complexions to radiate health, our lips to enhance a friendly smile, and our hair to shine in the sunlight. But many of the cosmetics we buy draw attention to our most important asset—our eyes.
Literature backs me up on this. “The eyes are the windows to the soul,” is an old English proverb that many attribute to Shakespeare. Even my favorite Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, reveals that Mr. Darcy was attracted to Elizabeth because of her “pair of fine eyes.”
A book I just finished reading, Heaven is for Real, tells the story of preschooler Colton Burpo, who told his astonished parents he’d seen Jesus in the hospital as he was having an emergency appendectomy. Four-year-old Colton remembered many things about heaven, but the one striking feature Colton kept telling his parents about was Jesus’ beautiful eyes.
As little Colton experienced heaven as a real place, my reality was blessed when a good friend told me about her experience in the hospital. My friend had been in a life-threatening car accident almost three years ago and had spent many weeks in ICU. Just last Sunday, she shared some of her experience with me:
“Jeris, the people that came to pray for me, they’d take me by the hand.” She paused, blinking away tears. “And when I looked into their eyes. . . I saw the eyes of Jesus.”
My friend and little Colton have me thinking. Maybe one of the things that will make heaven “heaven” is when we behold infinite loveliness—the truest beauty that shines through the eyes of Jesus.