2007-01-19 - Hawk Eyes
Zechariah 4:10, "These are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth."
The other day I was taking a walk in Philadelphia and passed by a park where a hawk was perched on a soccer goalpost within the park. Hawks are not rare in the city, but they are at least uncommon. I stopped and watched him for a bit. He didn't seem bothered by me, nor I of him. I decided to get a closer look and walked to the edge of the field. He never even turned his head and apparently had yet to even notice my presence. Quite proud of my stealth abilities to get so close to this magnificent bird, I watched him for a while.
I began to wonder if maybe this was someone's pet hawk, or a prize escaped hawk, and since I could not see his face, I decided to get a little closer and determine if he had a cover over his beak and was in fact missing from somewhere. As I got closer I noticed him move, ever so slightly, his black-feathered head to reveal his black beak and black eyes. I quickly realized that this hawk had been watching me the entire time and his eyes were just as fixed on me as mine were on him.
We had our stare-down and I slowly backed up leaving him to continue his search for breakfast; some poor unsuspecting squirrel who would wake up, and go out to gather the daily manna (nuts) for the last time. But I left having learned a small lesson.
While I thought I was getting away with something, those keen hawk eyes were on me every move I made. Not a step I took, or move I made escaped his watchful gaze. It is no different with the Lord. He sees all we do. His eyes are much sharper than the hawks and nothing escapes His notice. His sight of all we do is better than the hawks. His vision is not 20/20; it is crystal clear. Good and evil all fall under His watchful eye.
But the eyes of the Lord are not limited to our actions. He knows our hearts as well. He knows our thoughts, our intentions, desires, and motivations. All falls under the watchful eye of the Lord. There are many inferences that we could draw from this, but I am not going to do that for you. I will let you draw them for yourselves. However, understanding that God is all knowing, and all seeing should certainly have a profound impact on how we live our lives and influence what we set our affections and desires upon.
Soli Deo Gloria,