A father plunks a small child onto his lap and proclaims, “You are the apple of my eye.”
A simple phrase. Hidden underneath these words are depths of meaning that exposes a tender heart absorbed by love. It is a proclamation of a promise to protect and to provide. They are words that are choked back by emotion and replaced with eyes brimming with tears. It is a type of dedicated love that sets apart this child above all others.
A father will ask, “Look. Look deeply into my eyes. Can you see your apple? That is yours!” Peering deeply into the iris of one’s eye, a small child can faintly see an image. With that request, there is an exchange of trust. Granting permission to allow a child to come up that close to your face, to access a very sensitive part of the body that could cause great pain and discomfort — is a supreme act of trust. Only a small child, uninhibited, absorbed in love and perhaps curiosity, even trusting the closeness of his father, will peer closely and marvel at their image.
“That is yours and you are mine,” a father will sputter with great wonder in how deep a love can be for his children.
A child of God is the apple of His eye. And you are that child of faith.
“For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you — for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye — I will sure raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me.” (Zechariah 2:8-9) (bold added)
God is a loving and protective father. If anyone attempts to harm His children, it will be like touching his eye. Just like an earthly father will act swiftly to protect his own eye, God acts swiftly to protect His own. As an earthly father has the innate desire to provide, God, our Heavenly Father, perfectly provides. So much so, He is willing to do anything…
Even when it meant humbly sacrificing himself to pay the penalty of our sins.
It was the greatest act of protection — to pay for the consequences of sin. It was the greatest act of being a provider — to bring salvation upon this world.
Heaven, to be in God’s presence, to see His face, to dwell with him forever, must be so wonderful that an act of a horrible, agonizing, sacrificial death was required.
Hell, to not be in God’s presence, to be separated eternally, a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, must be so horrible, that a sacrificial death was required.
Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, defines our value to God. By His death on the cross, he protected us from evil by conquering it. By his sacrifice, He provided the complete forgiveness of our sins.
In this most solemn of days, Good Friday, we trust God and peer into His eyes. And there am I! The apple of His eye. We are His own. And the proof?
On top of Calvary, the lonely cross stands as a living testament of God’s love and His promises.
Post dedicated to my nephew, Evan Meier, in celebration of his 16th birthday — the apple of his father’s eye.
“Keep my commands and you will live, guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.” (Proverbs 7:2)