During High School I faced a really tough couple of years where I was constantly bullied. I would come home from school every day in tears with my heart in absolute turmoil. I had been given one of Amy Grant’s cd’s and I would shut myself in my room to sing and cry. As I reflect upon that time I’m truly amazed at how God used Amy’s songs to sustain me. In particular one of the songs I loved was “Father’s Eyes” where Amy sings:
When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say:
‘She’s got her Father’s eyes, her Father’s eyes;
eyes that find the good in things, when good is not around;
eyes that find the source of help, when help just can’t be found;
eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain;
knowing what you’re going through and feeling it the same.’
Just like my Father’s eyes…”
That song became my prayer. I desperately wanted God to help me to see the good in people, to look past the hurtful words they hurled at me. I desperately longed to be taught how to be kind when all I received was cruelty. A desire was implanted within my heart to be Jesus’ example to others. I wanted to become compassionate, merciful, gracious and kind.
Decades later I was reminded of that prayer when a dear friend said to me: “when I look into your eyes I see Jesus”. I have to tell you that in that moment tears came to my eyes and as I write this I’m crying. My prayer was answered when my dear friend took the time to speak to my heart and confirm a prayer that I had almost forgotten I’d prayed.
Recently I was challenged to think about what I want to be remembered for. As I reflected upon that question I was reminded about my desire and my long ago prayer. It is my desire: “that when you’re called to stand and tell just what you saw in me, more than anything I know, I want your words to be: ‘She had her Father’s eyes’..”.
Lord I want to have eyes that find the good in things, when good is not around. Help me to see Your goodness at work in each and every situation I face because You are good and do good (Psalm 119:68).
Lord I want to have eyes that find the source of help, when help just can’t be found. Because Almighty God You promise to be my faithful source of help in my times of need; You’re my refuge and strength; and a very present help in moments of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Lord I want to have eyes full of compassion that see every pain, knowing what people are going through and feeling it the same. Jesus I ask for You to impart to me Your compassion for others (Mark 1:41, Mark 6:34).
Holy Spirit I ask for Your great comfort and encouragement so that I can comfort and encourage others with the comfort and encourage that You alone can bestow (2 Corinthians 1:4).
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Note: “Father’s Eyes” was released by Amy in 1979, songwriter: Gary Winthur Chapman.
Many blessings, Keona