When riding in a group, I've found you can look in people's eyes and tell how they're doing. Heavy eyes tell me exhaustion. Wide eyes tell me they could be nervous or overwhelmed. Serious eyes tell me they're focused or determined. Closed eyes tell me they're passed out or fell asleep. Haha!
Eye's tell us a lot about what's happening in a person's life. In our most recent trip to Roatan Honduras my wife and I found ourselves talking to a gentlemen.
*Note - he was most likely on something and a little drink happy.
After a little bit of conversation the gentlemen tells me to look into his eyes and tell me what I see. Open invitation, right?! I answered as honestly I could. I told the gentlemen that I saw a lost person and searching for something. Rightfully so, he fired back and denied what I saw.
Little did he know that I noticed him walking the streets prior to our interaction. When I first noticed him his eyes looked seriously heavy and filled with depression. He was holding a bottle and another gentlemen was trying to get him to go another direction. Before he even asked me the question I already knew he was lost and wondering.
My wife and I talked with this gentlemen for 15 minutes, at the end of the conversation I told him that I would be praying for him. I let him know that I would be asking God to intervene in His life and guide / direct him as he searches. That night I was woken from a deep sleep. I instantly started praying for him.
After this interaction it got me thinking. So I did a search for the word "eyes" on Biblegateway.com and found 507 verses in connection. Has to mean something, right?!
Here are a few that stood out to me.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!
Let this be your prayer for the next week: Lord let me see what you see. Let me see the hurt, the pain, the lost, the searching, let me see you in all creation, let me see your amazing glory, let me be filled with your light and carryout your mission in my life.
I know my wife and I weren't able to bring this gentlemen to the Lord, but I can't help think that God brought us to him knowing that he was searching and lost and knowing that my wife and I would see him in through with God's eyes.
Later that trip I had an opportunity to be apart cycling event. During the race we had to stop at 3 locations and pick up a rubber band to prove that we didn't short cut any of the route. After the event I put the rubber bands on my handlebars so I can focus my eyes on these to remember the people of Roatan and pray for strength and guidance!
Thanks and God Bless!