“They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. I believe this to be true. One can smile and assure you all they please. But the eyes, oh the eyes, will always tell the truth.” -Shakespeare
Have you ever looked into someone else’s eyes and just seen nothing? I mean total emptiness. That is exactly what I experienced today as I was leaving Wal-Mart. There was a man walking in as I was walking out. I looked up as I passed him and was just overwhelmed by what I saw in that split second. In that little sliver of time I saw so much loneliness and emptiness.
My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
If I had to explain why I feel I had so much insight into this random stranger’s feelings from one look, all I can say is I don’t know. Sometimes you just get a feeling. (Hopefully I am wrong, and was just having a crazy lady moment where I gaze into people’s eyes like a creeper.)
“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.” -Anonymous
I think that is exactly what happened to me today. I almost burst into tears walking across the parking lot. I saw so much pain in just that one look. I cried all the way home, thinking what could I have done. I mean you can’t just walk up and hug someone you don’t even know on Wal-Mart parking lot. That is exactly what I wanted to do though!
I think that God uses circumstances and instances to bring our attention to things around us. For some reason He wanted me to see and feel the way I did today. Maybe it was to write this blog for someone else to read. I may never know the reason. I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way it became one of my greatest desires to serve those around me. I’m not talking Cinderella serving where I spend all day mopping floors. If I ever feel God calling me to clean a toilet, you will find me singing His praises while scrubbing.
“Always be kinder than you feel.” -Anonymous
I know that I’m always going on about how you should be kind to everyone you meet. I try my best to practice what I preach, but sometimes a moment passes by so quickly you are left thinking, What could I have done?” There is one thing I will be doing. I’ll be praying for that man who I may never meet again. I will hope that the emptiness I saw in those eyes was only in my imagination. Do what ever you can to uplift those around you. Don’t pass up a chance to do something you feel led to do, no matter how small.
You never know when a simple smile will make all the difference in a person’s life. Let your light shine brightly for those whose light is burning low.
Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.