by Doris Hoover
My daughter has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who love her with their whole being. When Emily puts them outside, they sit at the back door staring through the glass at her. Their big, soulful brown eyes track her every move until she opens the door for them. When they’re inside, the dogs follow Emily from room to room. They lie at her feet and stare into her face while she works at her desk. And when she sits on the sofa, they scramble to her side, heads on her lap, delighting in her touch as she strokes their heads.
Dogs and humans have a unique emotional connection. Scientists attribute it to eye contact. Experiments have shown a link between increased oxytocin in both man and dog after they look into each other’s eyes. The act of gazing at one another bonds them emotionally.
Dog owners are familiar with that look, when their pets seem to stare clear into their hearts. The dogs’ eyes radiate unconditional love and the owners’ hearts melt with the power of that gaze.
The Savior’s gaze has the power to melt our hearts. When we look into His face, we see unconditional love radiating toward us. In Psalm 27, David expresses the emotional bond he feels with God. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4 NIV).
David had an intimate relationship with the Lord because he desired to be close to Him. He regularly spent time in God’s presence, praising His goodness, pouring out his heart to Him, and trusting Him with his whole being.
We, too, can develop an intimate relationship with the Lord by spending time with Him and staring into His glorious face.
Even though we can’t see the physical face of God, we can still gaze upon Him. His essence, His character, and His heart are revealed to us through Scripture. Each time we read the Bible, we glimpse the Lord’s majesty.
We also learn from Scripture that God is always near us everywhere we go. “‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24 NIV). God may be spirit, but He provides a way for us to adore Him. We can both see and be near the Lord.
My daughter’s dogs adore her. Whenever she leaves the house, they sit by the window anticipating her return. At the crunch of her car tires, they wiggle with unrestrained excitement. The one they love has returned!
I wonder if God created dogs to show us what unbridled devotion looks like. Do we have an intense longing to be near the Savior? Does our spirit flutter with excitement at the thought of Him?
Just as the bond between people and dogs develops as a result of eye contact, eye contact with the Lord will bond us to Him. Every time we read our Bibles, we gaze upon our glorious Master. Through prayer, we move in close and lay our heads on the Lord’s lap while He strokes our hair. Then, if we look up into His face, we’ll see something amazing—the Lord is gazing back at us with that look, the one that peers clear into the depths of our souls with unconditional love.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 NIV
About the author: Doris Hoover lives in Florida, but she also spends time along the coast of Maine. Her passion is discovering God’s messages in nature and sharing them with others. You can visit Doris at captivatedbythecreator.com.
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