Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings [Psalm 17:8 (NIV)]

Protect me as you would the pupil of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings as you hover over me. [Psalm 17:8 (TLB)]

Keep me as the apple, the daughter of the eye; In shadow of Thy wings thou dost hide me. [Psalm 17:8 (Young’s Literal Translation)]

glossy ibisAlthough I’d often heard the phrase, it was not until recently that I learned that the Bible is our source for the phrase “the apple of his eye” in reference to someone cherished above all others. In the original Hebrew, this idiom meant “little man of the eye” and referred to the reflection of oneself in another person’s eyes. I thought of that phrase while editing photos from Sunday’s church service. It had been a sunny day and many people wore sunglasses. Since I wore a white dress, I noticed my reflection in the dark glasses of many of my subjects. I thought about how, when God looks at me, I am reflected in the pupil of His eye. That morning, I had been the “little woman of the eye” for many church goers. Of course, if my subjects had taken a photo of me, lightened the shadows and zoomed in during editing, they would have found themselves reflected in my eyes.

If I am the daughter reflected in God’s eye, I wonder if He is the father reflected in mine. If people weren’t looking directly at me yesterday, I wasn’t reflected in their glasses nor me in theirs. I know God always has His eyes on me, but I’m not so sure my eyes are always on Him! Who or what am I focusing on? Who or what is the apple of my eye?

Father, thank you for keeping me as the apple of your eye. May you always be the one on whom I focus, the one I cherish and hold dear and near. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I reflect your loving goodness in all I think, say or do.

The Lord gazes down upon mankind from heaven where he lives. He has made their hearts and closely watches everything they do. [Psalm 33:13-15 (TLB)] 

But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him. [2 Corinthians 3:18 (TLB)]

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