My daughter Beau has the prettiest blue eyes I’ve ever seen, but don’t tell her that they are blue. She wants them to be pink and she gets offended if you say anything about what color they really are. I tried to tell her that pink eye is not a good thing, but she doesn’t get it.
My son Gus really did have pink eye a few years ago, right around Christmas time. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as a parent is administer drops into the eye of a 3 year old! We assured him a million times that the drops would not hurt a bit and that they would make his eye better, but every time we laid him back and he opened his eye to see a huge milky drop heading straight for his eyeball he would turn his head, close his eyes, or do whatever he thought necessary to protect his eye. It took me holding his head and hands still and my husband holding his eye open to successfully get the drops in.
When I was in 4th or 5th grade I got my first pair of contact lenses. I still remember being at Doctor Dubin’s office, in a blue wall papered room, trying so hard to not blink every time the lens got too close to my eye. It took several tries, but I was determined not to have to wear glasses anymore and I finally mastered it.
God went to a lot of work to make sure our delicate eyes stay protected. He gave us eyelashes, which help defend the eyes from foreign material. He gave us a blink reflex, which signals the eyes to shut when something is getting to close to them. He gave us tears to flush out dirt, dust and particles that don’t belong in our eyes. He gave us eyebrows to keep sweat from dripping into the eyes and to reduce the amount of harmful light that enters them. He gave us eyelids which close up to keep anything from disturbing our eyes while we sleep. I’m no eye specialist but it’s no secret that God thought of everything when it came to keeping the inside of the eye as safe as possible.
Deuteronomy 32:10 In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye…
I’ve always heard that I was the apple of God’s eye, but never realized what that literally means until today. I am the pupil of God’s eye or the inside of God’s eye. It doesn’t sound as cute that way, but it makes more since. Moses didn’t know just how amazing the human eye was but he did know it was a part of his body that always seemed to be safe.
Moses wrote those words when his journey with the Israelites to the promised land had ended. He thought about how many times God had kept him safe and he realized that he was like the inside of God’s eye, super guarded. When Moses was demanding Pharaoh let God’s people go, God batted his giant eyelashes to make sure he was protected. When he was crossing the Red Sea, God closed his eyelids to keep the Egyptians from getting in. Through wilderness, fiery serpents, scorpions, and all kinds of other dangers Moses was kept safe.
We are the apple of God’s eye. We are a part of Him, a part of Him that is “near and dear to him; and about whom he sets guard upon guard, employs all his perfections to secure them, and constantly watches over them night and day, and keeps them from all evil and every enemy, and preserves them safe to his kingdom and glory.” (Gills)
He’s like a three year old that will do whatever it takes to keep anything from hurting his eye, only no one can hold His eye open. If God can part waters with a blast of his nostrils, imagine how powerful a bat of his lashes is.
Psalm 17:8 (NLT) Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
- I am the apple of God’s eye.
- I now know what that really means… not just a cute saying, but a powerful truth!
- God has set guard upon guard around me.
- The BIGness of my God!
- The detail God put into protecting our eyes.
- Beau’s pretty blue eyes.
- Beau prefers you to say her eyes are pink. She’s one funny girl.
- My parents let me get contacts in elementary school.
- The invention of glasses and contacts. I would be unable to do a lot of things without them!
- Orange juice. I have to start everyday with a glass while pregnant.
- Listend to “I Believe In Jesus” this morning while we ate breakfast… couldn’t help but think about the little kids all across the country that would be singing the same songs in their classes at church.
- I have a new group of 4 year olds to get to know in my class at church.
- I can see Beau in her class from my new class. I loved seeing the back of her little head sitting up in her chair and listening to her lesson.
- Beau singing “He’s Got The Hoe World In His Hands” on the way home.
- Powerful power nap this afternoon.
- Woke up from my nap to loud shouts of excitement coming from Gus. He could not believe that a Donkey Kong game for Nintendo DS exists.
- Took a long walk with Josh and the kids. Felt good to get a little exercise in.
- Josh & I always get a great chance to talk on walks.
- Gus & Beau swinging in a tire swing together.
- White fluffy clouds shaped like animals.
- Picking up the living room while Beau was watching a show when she said “come sit with me mamma” I could not pass up that offer.
- My amazing friend J.J. is celebrating her birthday today! I’m so glad she was born!
- Cheap and yummy dinner at Del Taco.
- Beau was just staring and smiling at the little baby at the table next to her. I’m so excited about seeing her as a big sister!
- 200 days… give or take a few until I get to see Beau as a big sister!
- Beau prayed her own pray at bed time tonight. I love that God can hear her soft little voice talking to him about the booboo on her finger.
- Josh has the day off tomorrow! Looking forward to an extra family day.