You Are The Apple Of My Eye "

“You are the táo khuyết of my eye.” It’s a familiar line…but did you know it comes from the pages of the Bible? The “apple” of the eye referred to lớn the pupil of the eye probably because an táo apple was one of the most common sphere-shaped objects around. The hãng apple or “pupil” of the eye, is the gateway through which visible light passes & is converted by the brain into three dimensional images. The original Hebrew phrase, often translated “apple,” really means “little man” or “little daughter” of my eye. Look into someone’s eyes right now. Can you see your reflection? When we stand very close lớn someone, we can actually see a tiny reflection of ourselves, in the center of the other person’s eye. When you are in the “apple” of my eye you are close to me, in more ways than one, because…

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To be “the apple” of someone’s eye is to be cherished by that person above all others. At infancy, the optimal distance for eye lớn eye tương tác is about 10 inches – which just happens khổng lồ be the distance between a baby & its nursing mother. This simple interaction encourages brain development, release of critical hormones, và reinforces a sense of emotional and spiritual well being. “You are the apple of my eye.” It’s a phrase that a mother could easily use to describe how she cherishes her nursing baby. But the root meaning of this phrase is found not in the expression of human love, but God’s.

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In Deut. 32: 9-11 Moses describes how God sustained & cared for his people “as the apple of his eye.” Likewise, in Psalm 139:13-16 David rejoices: “It was You who formed my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb...Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.” Before any human eye beheld you, it was God’s privilege lớn be the first lớn see you, the very first khổng lồ love you; & it is God’s promise to guard you “like the táo apple of his eye!”

Do you remember these lines? “You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always be around. You are the táo apple of my eye; forever you’ll stay in my heart.” What makes Stevie Wonder’s tuy vậy so beautiful to me is that he is blind. He has never seen the sunshine. He has never been able to lớn look into the táo apple of someone’s eye. When he sung those words, he was singing about someone who enabled him khổng lồ see with the eyes of his heart. He was singing about how love had brought a new beginning to lớn his life and wiped away his tears. But now we know that this is a song rooted not in human love, but in God’s love.

Whether this Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of happiness or sadness, joy or loss, remember that you are the sunshine of God’s life & that you are the táo apple of his eye. He wants to mở cửa the eyes of your heart, to surround you like the warmth of a mother’s love. God wants you to lớn feel cherished through the love of his people too; & -- God wants lớn be cherished by you. You are the táo bị cắn dở of my eye, says the LORD, but I will not, I cannot, rest until I am the táo khuyết of yours.