Last month I was wrapping gifts with my youngest daughter and she said, “I just love wrapping presents! I will wrap all of them if you want me to!”
I remember telling my mom the same thing. I smiled as I realized that she was just like me in her love of giving gifts. My kids are all wildly different but I see certain qualities of myself in each of them. Sometimes it’s the way my middle daughter tells a story and I see how her face lights up as she relays every detail. Other days it’s how my oldest daughter looks at a very sweet baby!
It makes me wonder if our heavenly father does the same thing. Does he look at His children and think, “Hm, that one has my heart for the lonely?”
When I was younger, there was a song released by Amy Grant called, “My Father’s Eyes”. In my naivety I thought it was a song about literally having your father’s eyes. My eyes really do look like my dad’s eyes so I didn’t think it was that out of the ordinary to have a song about such a thing. But, obviously, as I got older I realized the true meaning behind the song.
“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”
Lord, my prayer in this new year, and every day, is that you would see yourself in me. Give me a heart like yours and eyes to see the needs.