“He found (her) out in the wilderness, in an empty, windswept wasteland. He threw His arms around (her), lavished attention on (her), guarding (her) as the apple of His eye.”
Lesson #1: How God embraces us with His watchfulness.
“Embrace” – To encircle. To include. To encompass.
In what area(s) of my life have I personally experienced God’s watchful care?
“You’re the God who sees Me!”
All families have their unique peculiarities that give character and distinctiveness to them. In our household, one of those attributes is the ability of my mother to have a camera at all times at every occasion. Every time my mom pulls out her little camera, we all run for cover knowing that we are in for some shutterbugging – big-time.
After my father’s sudden death, we were thankful my mother’s amateur photography skills had been put to such good use – for we found many photos that have become treasured moments.
One photograph in particular was taken on Christmas Eve in 1984. My dad and I were sitting on a small couch. I even remember that he had just asked me how my job was going. He was looking at me as though there were not another person on earth. At that moment, I felt as if no one else was in the room and yet, there were ten other people enjoying the festivities. The look on my father’s face in that photograph, serves as a reminder to me that he considered me “the apple of his eye.”
Aren’t you thankful that this is the way our Heavenly Father refers to us? In Deuteronomy 32:10, God tells us He watches us as “the apple of His eye.” I decided to check on the meaning of the phrase, “apple of the eye.” This term, taken originally from Scripture, means to be a reflection and in Psalm 17:8, David asks God to keep him as the “apple of His eye.” The Old English says this is the pupil of the eye for some felt that an apple and the pupil look alike. The pupil, we know, is the clear center part of our eye where light enters. So we might say David wanted God to keep him as the core or center of His focus.
In our language today, the “apple of one’s eye” refers to someone very precious – someone who is loved very much – someone who is very important. And for all of us who are women, in the Hebrew, when using this phrase, I found one author who noted that this phrase was often used by fathers in reference to their daughters. Don’t you love being called the “apple of your Heavenly Father’s eye?” Doesn’t it encourage you to know that this is the kind of watchful care Your Father has for you? And that His tenderness toward us is like that of a loving father who embraces his precious daughter in the circle of his love?
After better understanding the words that God keeps me like the “apple of His eye” I am even more touched by this thought from St. Augustine, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
Many years ago, the poet, John Keats, after looking up in the sky at the brightest star in the evening penned the phrase, “Watching with eternal lids apart.” I thought about God’s watchful care and the fact that David in Psalm 121:3, 4 (The Message) describes God as, “Your Guardian God.” Then he continues by saying, “God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! He who watches you will never doze or sleep.” His eternal lids are apart as He watches His precious daughter (you), who is the “apple of His eye.”
“God of Fire, God of Light, are you watching over us
Yes! You are holding up the Light
For us to see.
God of Fire, God of Light,
You are our Energy, You are our Light.”
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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