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“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!” Psalm 139: 13-14
Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s greatest artists said, “Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe?”
The eye, only about an inch in diameter, is the most complex organ in your body. But basically, it’s like a camera—light coming in through the cornea, with that amount of light being controlled by the pupil. The light focuses on the retina and then a record of that is sent to the optic nerve in the brain. And thus, we see.
Charles Darwin described the eye as one of the greatest challenges to his theory of evolution. “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”
Think of the intricacy of 127 million light-sensitive rods and cones that convert light into electrical impulses that travel at a rate of a billion per second to the brain. This allows us to see objects at the ends of our noses and also stars that are light-years away. Under optimal conditions the human eye can detect a candle at a distance of fifteen miles. No wonder the human eye made Darwin shudder.
I had the gift of touring Carlsbad Caverns not only with the park ranger but with a trained geologist. What I remember most is when the park ranger turned out the light as we deep in the dark dbelly of the earth. Now this darkness gave new meaning to the phrase “so dark you could cut it out in chunks.” The ranger allowed time for our eyes to adjust to the darkness, and then she struck a match. It was amazing how much light one little match could make in such utter darkness. Just remember this – seeing requires light.
Matthew 6:22 Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!
Doctors warn us against glancing into the sky to look at the brilliance of the sun, not even for an instant. Doing so can overwhelm the light-receptor cells in our eyes so that even when we close our eyes, the image of that star would still appear because it’s seared into our retinas. It’s similar when we focus on Jesus – He is the form that sears our perception with the image of God. He is the Light of the world. Living a fruitful, joyful, abundant life requires focus, focusing on our Christ.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the gift of sight and for being my light. When I focus on you, Lord, I will see things in a new way, and I will look at others more like you do. And thank you for your promise that no one has seen or heard or could even imagine what you have planned for those you love you. I love you, Lord. Amen.
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.