“Hey Four Eyes!”
If you have ever been called “Four Eyes” - you know it is/was not a compliment!
As a kid I didn’t like taking naps, always holding someone’s hand when crossing the street, eating all my vegetables or wearing my glasses! Wearing glasses just wasn’t cool.
As an adult? I love naps, vegetables, holding someone’s hand and being able to see. I still don’t love wearing glasses-but I’m thankful for them! It’s funny how things change.
The other day, I heard that a person wearing glasses during a job interview is more likely to get the job because they look more professional and intelligent. And a few years ago, my niece told me that she had started wearing clear lens glasses because it was cool- especially for those days she didn’t feel like wearing eye make-up. What? People wear glasses for fashion and prestige?
The term “Four Eyes” is obviously not literal but in truth, it would be a cool thing to have the proverbial eyes in the back of your head. If we had four eyes, we could; see what our children were doing behind our back, watch TV and keep eye contact with our husband while he’s talking.
If we had four eyes we could even watch a fluttering bird out the window while scanning Facebook.
This has me thinking.
God has given us a second pair of eyes and a second pair of ears depending how you look at it - no pun intended! In Christ, through the Holy Spirit, we are gifted with spiritual eyes. We are given wisdom and knowledge not based on our own intellect or experience. I don’t think the term “spiritual eyes” is used in the Bible but Paul prays that, “the eyes of your heart may be open in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” Ephesians 1:18.
In another passage he tells believers, “…we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding." Colossians 1:9
Paul may have been onto something- he knew we needed something beyond our own two eyes if we were going to see and believe right. He prays for believers, knowing that God, the Holy Spirit, gives wisdom, knowledge, and heart sight. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual eyes to see right from wrong. He wakes us when doubts begin to steal our hope. He shows us a way out when deception begins to distort the truth.
He gives us spiritual eyes so we can see His goodness when things around us are dark; so we can see peace when the world is anxious and see hope that extends far beyond what is reported in today’s news. Having spiritual eyes is a gift given to us to help us see things from his point of view!
Having four eyes or eyes in the back of our head may be cool, even practical, but it would just look weird! And trying to enjoy nature while scanning Facebook isn’t even something I want to do.
I still don’t want to be called “Four Eyes” but in the end- a second pair of eyes is maybe what I’ve needed all along.
Lord, thank you for the gift of sight and for healing found in the form of glasses. Open the eyes of my heart so I can see your heart and know your point of view. I need you and I desperately need an extra pair of eyes, spiritual eyes, because my understanding is just not enough. In Jesus’ Name, Amen