“Living Through the Eyes of Love”, from L.Willows ( Heaven and Earth, , A Kingdom View, Beholding God)

“Living Through the Eyes of Love”, from Linda Willows

My friend said to me, “That is ok. God still knows,” I felt my heart sigh inside. I was relieved and comforted. I should know this. But I needed the reminder. God Knows. He sees. He is always with us.

It was so good to remember. My friend is an elder in the church. He usually chooses his words carefully. I often think about what he says afterward. He is the age of my son with wisdom far beyond my own. It is humbling. The Lord gives us relationships like that to teach us to see our hearts. When He can’t get through, He sends people with His message!

I had been unable to do something that I promised to my group. It made me feel uncomfortable to not fulfill a duty. I did not like disappointing my colleagues, especially friends, people that I cared about. But there was a dynamic that I was not recognizing. I was viewing the situation through the eyes of my own needs and not admitting it. My need at that moment was to be recognized (loved) for the work that I could provide, seen as valuable and needed. It was a difficult thing to have exposed, to myself, to my own heart. We sometimes turn goodness, even ‘good works’,  into our value. That had been recent teaching in our small study group. It elaborated upon Ephesians-

Ephesians 2:8-9 –For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I was reminded again. Nothing is my own doing. My faith needed a fine-tuning, a fresh filling of God’s Love.

We are all learning to see ourselves, relationships to life and to God more clearly as we live and learn. His love fills all of our needs. We learn that again and again.

That is the beauty of our story. We are in the process of remembering, of waking up to God. When we see how much we are loved, we see through His eyes, we see life through the eyes of Love.

The message was to see God. More, it was that God sees us and is with us all the time.

The only one to gaze upon is God. All of life follows Him. 

We learn to see through the Eyes of Love. They are His Own. Our lives are not about ourselves.

We often interpret most things in life to be about ourselves, it’s the inclination of our hearts but the truth is that there is an overriding bigger picture.  As my pastor said some months back, “our lives are not about ourselves.” If you recall, that sermon pointed towards my own heart with an embracing touch. It was not the first time, but perhaps we need to hear things many times, even at many ages- before the tip of the arrow ripens and is able to find that sweet spot and the message finds it’s way home.

Our lives are about love. If we look with the eyes of love we see that there is a larger story. All work, all of everything – really belongs to God. It is purposed for His will. When we become ‘willing’ to see farther than ourselves, our hearts are ready to receive the Big Picture, the view of Heaven and Earth.

We see with “A Kingdom View.”

Our hearts form our perspectives. When I speak of heart I am including all aspects of thought, belief, and feeling that create our identities. In Christianity, the heart is much more. It is also inborn with the seed of God’s Spirit.

Galatians 4:4 –“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, … you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba!”

Life is meant to be consecrated. That means to be made holy. It is made holy by coming before HOLINESS. We long to cry to the Spirit of God, “Abba, Father – show us how to live in the fullness of Your love, help our hearts to be renewed in Your Holiness.

We Lift our hearts to the Eternity of Christ’s Love.

For me, prayer is an amazing way of encouraging and the view of Eternity in daily life. It pauses my mind and heart from the daily activity of thinking and feeling and asks for the intervention of the Holy Spirit. Soaking in Scripture before praying is a vital preparation.

Prayer is a way to fine-tune our capacity to be “Listeners” to God’s wisdom. We develop the ability to follow the promptings of His Spirit from prayer. By abiding in stillness and refining the discipline of prayer, we go to ‘places of solitude’ and peace that allow us to build secure bridges of communication to God.

Prayer is the basis of a relationship with God, Himself. When we pray, we are going to the throne of Grace and addressing the Lord.

Like David in the psalms, we need to go to a higher source for a look at our own hearts.

Psalm 134: 1-4 “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”

David, the great King asked God for a perspective from The Heavenly Kingdom.

It’s like sifting gold in a river. The debris falls down and the gold rises up and shines in the light for us to see. It reflects God’s Goodness. We are reminded that it is all for His Glory. Because of His Glory. Our eyes are filled with Love.

Psalm 84:11 -“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Psalm 31:19 –“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!”

We behold His Goodness through the eyes of Love.

The view that matters is the one seen through the eyes of love. 

Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

I am so grateful for my friend, for all friends that remind me that it is all ok, God knows. He is always with us. We are the ones that need to be reminded to be WITH HIM.

© 2019 Linda Willows

“Abraham’s Patient, Heavenly Pilgrimage by Faith” from B. Hoekstra’s Day by Day Grace


Bob Hoekstra’s Day by Day Grace
Day by Day Grace with Bob Hoekstra (Blue Letter Bible)
Abraham’s Patient, Heavenly Pilgrimage, by Faith

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. (Hebrews 11:13-14)

We looked at Sarah’s testimony in Hebrews previously (in the meditation on God’s promises on August 8). Now, we will move on to consider a strategic facet of Abraham’s testimony regarding his obedient, earthly sojourn, by faith. Therein, we saw him traveling through life on earth as an alien, a stranger (in the world, but not of it). Now, we will see Abraham’s patient, heavenly pilgrimage, by faith. His previous testimony concluded with this pilgrimage theme: “For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Early in the present continuing testimony, the two themes are coupled. “They were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” A stranger (sojourner) is one who does not belong to the given locale. The pilgrim is one who is marching toward a given spiritual destination.

Abraham and his family (Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob) were promised the land flowing with milk and honey. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises.” They did not personally possess the promised land. Yet, they lived with a sense of guaranty that God would fulfill His promises: “but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them.” They fully accepted the certainty that the Lord would someday give that land to their seed. Meanwhile, they confessed that they were content to live as strangers concerning this world and as pilgrims anticipating the world to come: “and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

Now, the pilgrimage aspect of Abraham’s testimony (and his family’s) is emphasized. “For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.” As the years passed and the promised land was not given to them, their hearts yearned for a true, lasting, eternal homeland. “For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.” God wants to develop this perspective of heavenly pilgrimage in our hearts as well. “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). The Lord wants us to set our daily course toward heaven, rejecting earthly cravings that diminish spiritual vitality.

Father God, You have fulfilled so many promises for me here on this earth. I praise You and thank You for such loving grace. Still, my heart yearns for that which heaven alone can provide. Thus, I press on as a pilgrim, bound for my homeland above.

Bob Hoekstra © 2018 Day by Day Grace