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by Paul Weisser
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.”
Our eyes are amazing. The human eyeball is just a small part of our body and yet the intricacy and detail that God put into them is astonishing. An eye typically weighs just over 28 grams (or 1 ounce for those of us who never really ‘got’ the metric system). Each eyeball requires over 2 million different parts working together to give someone the ability to see. An eye can pick out more than 1.5 million colours and over 500 separate shades of grey! The very best digital camera doesn’t even come close!
Most of us don’t actually think about our eyes very often, we just take for granted our ability to get up in the morning and go about our day, seeing things. We do put a lot of value in our sense of vision with everything around us geared at ‘catching our eye’. We take some small steps to protect our eyes – sometimes – with things like safety glasses, goggles, or masks in the workplace. Sunglasses protect us from those nasty Ultraviolet rays and athletes use protection to avoid injury in various sports.
In the Bible we see the eye talked about as more than just an organ in our head. As Christians, we are told to take care with our eyes and what they see, to be mindful of where we put our focus. Part of the Sermon on the mount, Matthew 6:22 says The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. Jesus is telling us that what we choose to look at affects our entire life, and what we focus on is really what we value. If we truly want to live a life that follows God then we are called to fill our eyes and minds with things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent (Philippians 4:8).
The eye may be just be a small part of our body but it has a huge impact on it. I pray that today we will be people who lift our eyes and focus on the one from whom our help comes, the maker of Heaven and earth.