I want to share with you a little further on the genius of having a single eye. It is an amazing power for intimacy with our God.
Have you ever heard of having dove’s eyes? I have been told that a dove’s sight can only focus in one direction at a time, giving them singleness of vision or a single eye. Imagine not being distracted by that which is in the periphery! Undivided vision, an enviable trait for the Christian sojourner.
Well in Song of Songs 1:15, the Beloved states to the Shulamite, “Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.” He was attracted to and calling forth from her a level of undistracted devotion.
Jesus as our Beloved is drawn to our singleness of eye because this makes us a bride rather than just a believer. Only love will cause us to cast aside all that hinders our pursuit of God.
If your eye be single,
your whole body will be full of Light.
I have had a season of, what would seem to be, extreme distraction. But I wonder if it has more been a training of my eye? A muscle is strengthened through resistance. I believe God has been supplying ample opposition to make me hungry. My levels of desire have been stirred in the wake of an onslaught of interference.
Then I enter the Vatican and He leads me to experience a single eye. I walked through to experience one focus and one vision. It wasn’t about the Vatican or the art but the attention on what He was on in that moment.
Now, I don’t for one second believe that I will ever muster up some amazing honed focus on the Lord. I just won’t, though I have tried. But what I can tell you is that Jesus lived with singleness of vision and He still wants to today. He wants me, a vessel for His focus and attention on the Father.
“Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing
of Himself, unless it is something
He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does,
these things the Son also does in like manner.”
He was able to walk through this world focused on and doing the things He saw His Father do. Today He desires to do the same in me. I yield to His desire in this and look forward to His fulfillment.