Look Me in the Eye

Josh WannerDevotions, Vision

Mark 14:22

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”

The scene from Disney’s Toy Story 2 had Mr. Potato Head joining Buzz and Slinky and a couple of other toys to rescue Woody. Mrs. Potato Head helped him pack for the journey saying, “Don’t forget your angry eyes,” as she threw a pair of angry looking eyes into his storage compartment.

I adapted that saying when talking with my kids. When they are upset with themselves and they are certain I would be angry with them, I assure them of my love for them and invite them to look at my eyes. I say to them, “Look at my eyes! Do I have my angry eyes on? I don’t have angry eyes. I have my ‘I love you’ eyes on.”

We can learn a lot about a person from looking at their eyes. We can tell if someone is sinister or lying. We can tell if they are genuine or happy! And in the times we need assurance from another person, we find it in their eyes!

Jesus is inviting His disciples to do the same. “Look me in the eyes!” He invites His disciples (and you and me). And we only find love and acceptance in those eyes. Then we look at the smile on His face as we move to His hands as He holds the bread, blesses it and passes it out. “Take; this is My body.” That’s the same body that held those deep brown eyes. It’s the same body that was wounded for our transgressions. And when we take and eat this bread, we are looking into the eyes of Jesus once again, and finding the forgiveness of sin.

Dear Jesus, thank You for inviting me to look into Your eyes, and when I do, thank You that in Your eyes all I see is love. Amen.

Contributed by Andrew Bartholomew