Love sees with better eyes

by Craig on March 2, 2011

So here stands Laska the Love Kitty. He’s a squirrel watcher by trade. But he has the attention span of …

well…

me.

Yesterday there was this adorable squirrel just inches outside the window and he was missing the show. So I decided to help.

I pointed.

Laska immediately looked…

at my finger.

I waggled my finger with urgency – not speaking – and thus frightening said squirrel.

And Laska looked hard…

really really hard…

at my finger.

I decided more help was in order.

I picked him up and positioned his head so he was looking straight at the squirrel. As soon as my hands left his head he looked…

at a tree.

He’s the feline version of me. He’s curious but scared. He’s clever but easily distracted. He’s an extroverted introvert. He looks at the pointed finger – and not at what’s being pointed out.

Oh boy.

How often I refuse to look at what I should. Then what I shouldn’t look at I do. Or if I do look at the right thing, I see only with earthly eyes. So God points and I look, oh so intently…

at his finger.

He takes my little kitty head and positions it just right…

and I look somewhere else.

Or I see what I should – but with my eyes, not his.

I see a cross. God wants me to see eternity.

I see a problem and he wants me to see the possibility.

I see the storm. He wants me to see the rainbow.

I see the material. He wants me to see the spiritual.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:12)

This is one of those loves I’d love you to play along with me.

So here’s the love thing for today.

I started with listing five bad things in my life.

Then I cut the list by three – eliminating the ones that were the least pressing.

One more cut, left the one that was most needing immediate better eyes.

Then I asked,  “How would Our Lord view this?

I just did it – and it was so simple.

But I could already sense my little kitty head being diverted.

Knowing is not the same as seeing, seeing is not the same as doing.

Love is about the doing.

I needed better eyes, and a stronger will, and  I prayed for them.

Because Love sees with better eyes.

It also moves with better feet.

It also looks at the squirrel and not the tree.

Love sees meaning and purpose in things that that world often cannot. Love knows that it really is darkest before the dawn. I started writing this last night – but didn’t have it in me to finish.

As I began to finish writing this –  at 5AM – it was pitch black. Now the sky is that pre-dawn robin’s egg blue and the limbs of the trees are stark against it. It really was darkest before the dawn.

And I can see better now. I can see where God is pointing. And I’m on task.

I don’t have to see everything with better eyes today – just this one thing.

I can do that.

For one day.

I won’t look at it with my eyes.

But better eyes.

In God’s love.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianna McBride March 2, 2011 at 6:25 am

I loved this post because it so describes my life at times. I’ll look everywhere but where God wants me to look. I did your little exercise of the five things and cutting it back to one. And having just that one thing to focus on today and actually SEE it through the eyes of love makes my life so much simpler today! Thank you, Craig.

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Craig March 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

We all do this I think. Mother Theresa sometimes did this. There was only One who didn’t. Focusing on the ONE thing for just one day – one little love – when I do my “team up with me” loves they are all like this. And they make life – and love – simpler. God Bless you Dianna.

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Kim March 2, 2011 at 9:16 am

This is such a wonderful post! It’s completely relatable for me. I too often look with my kitty self. Sometimes it still feels good to look not where God would have me look but where my ego-kitty self wants to. I’m working on it.

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Craig March 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

Amen Kim – it almost always feels good to look in the wrong direction – otherwise we wouldn’t look!! :) I’m working on it right along with you. God bless.

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Michelle from Shhhh.....I'm Thinking March 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

What a great blog! Sometimes I’m like your cat too! I really enjoyed you 100 things list:) But I think you are out of puppy dogs and ice cream:)

BTW, thanks for the comments you’ve left on my blog. They are a blessing to me!

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Michelle from Shhhh.....I'm Thinking March 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Oh I forgot to tell you…I have a single, christian girl friend who gets sad about being single too. She’s 30 and her biological clock is ticking, lol. Maybe you should look her up on Facebook 😉

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Craig March 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Darn those puppies! Always getting out – and then tie ice cream doesn’t stand a chance. I’ll get on that right away! Maybe kittens and ice cream. hmmmmm.

Anyway – thank you very much for reading. And making it all the way through the 100. Ane as I said to Dianna – we are all like Laska the love kitty. God bless you – and thank you.

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Sharon @ Hiking Toward Home March 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Good morning pondering… thanks.

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Craig March 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Pondering – one of my favorite words – how Mary “pondered” things in her heart. Thank you for coming by Sharon – you are a blessing. God Bless.

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Jo-Anne M Puggioni March 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Fantastic post. I love your thoughts here.

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Craig March 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thank you Joanne. I appreciate that – and you tweeting this. God Bless.

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Dawn March 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I love how you begin with Laska the love kitty. I am a BIG animal lover so using this illustration grabbed me for the whole post. I was smiling and smiling, shaking my head yes, “I’ve been there.” Then your God-inspired words focused the lens on me. I was still shaking my head yes, but I was no longer smiling in a humorous way, but nodding in a more, “I get it, Craig.” way.

I have a doctorate in transcultural nursing. My whole life I’ve studied (and tried to practice) how to give care to someone who does not share my worldview on the most basic concepts in health. Some of the common differences I have experienced were that a) disease is not caused by germs, b) the purpose of a pill is known by its color, c) preparing for disaster brings disaster, etc. I quickly learned that I had to see the situation from my patient’s perspective if I were going to make any inroads, and then, only if they wanted me to do so.

Getting God’s perspective is absolutely essential. I’m sure I’m like Laska all too often, looking at the finger and missing the squirrel. I know I have a tendency to want to do things my own way on earth. I can only imagine the distance between my way and heaven’s. So I name one bad thing and ask God to give me new eyes to see it as He sees it. Ok!…….really, Craig, only one? Ok!

I’m doing my homework,
Dawn

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Craig March 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Just one thing Dawn – that’s it. My theory is that for us imperfect humans to try to do love all the time would make our heads turn blue and maybe blow up. So when I do my own personal loves – I do them just one at a time, one little thing, for one little day. Much more doable. Thank you for your kind words, and teaching me through them. God Bless.

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Debra March 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Laska the Love Kitty has stolen my heart. I’m just sorry he missed the great squirrel adventure and only focused on your finger, and then the not-so-exciting tree :)

Love sees meaning and purpose in things that that world often cannot. And vice versa. The world majors on the minors and misses the essentials of life.

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Craig March 3, 2011 at 9:08 am

He stole my heart too at the shelter. That’s why he came home with me. Now for him and me both to keep seeing with better eyes – from now until eternity. Thank you and God Bless.

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Anonymuss March 3, 2011 at 12:32 am

You know I love Laska and Laska lessons!!!! Purr…..

Loved the ‘follow the finger, miss the point (pardon the pun)’ lesson. How true it is!

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Craig March 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

A. thank you. And just so you know Laska is continuing to work on his own post – probably next week – about his very first trip to feed the ducks. He is not a fan of the ducks, or the park, or the car – he’s too much like me. God Bless.

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Michelle March 3, 2011 at 1:25 am

Maybe your finger was the most important for him at the time, not the urgency of seeing the squirrel.
Not meaning to take the point away from your message to us today, but maybe just chasing diversions myself.
We often, at work, pray that we can see and hear people as God sees and hears them, (I work in a church op shop), and it does make a huge difference.
Thank you for your thoughts today. :)

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Craig March 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

So there we go – you would look at the finger too. I may have to reconsider the main point :)

Hmmmm. to see as God sees – amen Michelle – and thank you – and God Bless.

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