“Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people.” Proverbs 3:4
I’m still learning the many personality traits of my dog Daisy. It’s all in the eyes and tail. Beings Daisy is a rescue dog, I don’t know her history and why some days she has sad eyes, excited eyes, or frightened eyes. I’m happy to say, most of the time she has trusting eyes.
I think I have many eye traits too, like admiration, fear, frustration, trust. When I was a child, I probably showed pouting eyes when I didn’t get the extra cookie I wanted, sad eyes when I couldn’t see my mother’s eyes (separation anxiety), and happy eyes most of the time.
I believe God’s eyes have identifying expressions. Imagine the disappointment in God’s eyes when Jonah ran away from his challenge and angry and frustrated eyes watching the Israelites worship a golden calf. But I like to think of God with smiling eyes, such as when Jesus was baptized by John, and he said, “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” [Luke 3:22]
Frequently, I fail God and that makes my eyes show disappointment in myself, and immediately I want God’s eyes of forgiveness. These days, I don’t think society gives much attention to what God’s eyes are saying. Surely, he is rolling his eyes at what he sees in his world.
Lord, show us how to turn your sad eyes to happy eyes. Amen.