September 17, 2015
“I wish you could see him through my eyes,” my son’s teacher told me as she commented on some of the positive attributes she had observed in him. “He’s sweet. He’s kind.”
Words to warm a mama’s heart.
My heart melted a little more when I saw him walking down the hall towards his classroom and towards me.
Sure, he’s about the same height as the other kids in the line and wore the same burgundy and khaki as all the others. But his eyes were the ones who lit up when he saw his mama standing, waiting and smiling at him.
Maybe he smelled the McDonald’s fries waiting for him. Or maybe it was because he got to steal away for a few minutes during the school day for a little sunshine and Sprite.
Whatever it was, he smiled and blushed a little as our eyes met. I’d like to think an ounce of it was simply because he saw his mommy. I’d love to see myself through his eyes.
Eyes not clouded by mommy-guilt, hectic schedules, and the imperfections staring back at me from the mirror.
Imperfections that stem from time, life, and a love for calories.
My youngest likes to rest his head on my soft tummy and refers to it as his “pillow.” A far cry from the toned figure I long to see staring back at me from my reflection. But for him, a perfect place to land.
Wonder if we could take our eyes off the mirror for a moment? Look somewhere other than the holes in our bank accounts and gaping places in our personalities and skills we wish we could fill?
Take a glance beyond the wrinkles to see one created in the image of God.
See ourselves through the eyes of a Savior who loves us, forgives us, redeems us.
Look beyond our flaws to find our worth in Him.
“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.”
Ephesians 1: 4-6