As a teen I remember being obsessed with the song “Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant. I loved that song on two levels. First, I had blue eyes like my Dad. So, I knew I had my father’s eyes. But, more than that, the message of the song touched my heart and stirred something within me.
The song describes attributes of the way God sees us. It says that our Father’s eyes find the good in things, even when good is not around. God’s eyes are described as eyes that find the source of help. They are eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain. I wanted to have those eyes…and I still do.
Just the other day I confided in a friend that I was struggling with my attitude about a particular situation. I confessed to him that I was not being loving and patient in my actions and my thoughts were not understanding and gentle. I lamented that I don’t seem to be making progress in following in the ways of Jesus and being the person that I know God is calling me to be.
My friend tenderly assured me that I was loving and caring. He counseled me to not be so hard on myself. And then he reminded me to try and see everyone as God sees them. He encouraged me to look upon others and view situations with God’s eyes, my Father’s eyes.