AN EMBRACE WITH THE EYES
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. Psalm 146:8
Body language is a powerful communication tool. If we lean forward while in conversation, we let the other person know that we are interested, that we anticipate their next remark. If we lean back and fold our arms while another shares deeply, we communicate that we are uncomfortable with their words and wish to keep our distance. Without saying anything, we can convey our feelings with a simple posture.
If I wish to tell something important to my children, or to a friend in despair, I will place one hand on their shoulder, and with the other, raise their head so they can look into my eyes. That allows me to deliver what is on my heart in such a way that I know the words will connect. Lifting another’s head to enable solid eye contact is a compelling act.
God promises to lift up those who are bowed down. What has you downcast today? The rejection of a child? The unfair accusation of a friend? Financial pressure with no relief in sight? Betrayal of the person you thought really loved you? A loss of some kind? An empty marriage? A dead-end job?
God notices. He hopes you won’t just walk by Him. He’s calling your name, and He’s asking you to stop and linger a moment. With His hand, He gently lifts your face. Time stands still. Can you see His eyes? Everything is there that you need, starting with divine understanding. He knows. He cares. Words are not even needed. Confusion melts in the warmth of His comfort. There’s a connection with the God of the ages. You never have to feel alone again.
Abba, You went out of your way to reach me when I was hopelessly lost. And you do it again and again, every time I come to You. I lose my breath when I see the love in Your eyes. Amen