How often do we take time for reflection? As I was taking the last sip of my morning coffee, I saw my own reflection in the bottom of my coffee mug. My own eyes were looking back at me. It hit me, that I never really look into my own eyes. I subconsciously place contact lenses, or apply mascara to my eyes, but I never really take the time to look inside. Am I doing this purposefully? I suddenly realized my answer to that yes. Why do I avoid looking into my own eyes? I know I avoid looking into other people’s eyes at times, because it can seem inappropriate or awkward. Circumstances determine whether I need to see someone closely in their eyes. If it is casual passing, the depth of what eye to eye communication reveals, may not be necessary. However, if I want to see the truth in someone’s heart, or the seriousness of their soul, I must see them eye to eye. As Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” MATTHEW 6:22  As I reflect on my own honesty, I recognize why I avoid really looking at my own eyes. Vulnerability…insecurity…grief..and doubt…are all things that are revealed if you look deep into my eyes. We all have deep inner battles that we try to avoid facing. God does not want us to continue facing these battles on our own. If we do not reveal them to ourselves, then we cannot truly surrender them to God. Let us all begin to look into our own eyes, and release the things that we know we need help with. One by one, as we seek God’s help in prayer and surrender, we will begin to strengthen our spirit, and our lives will begin receiving peace.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. MALACHI 4:2 
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. EPHESIANS 1:18-21
God is with us.

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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