Cat eyes

by Mike Benson

Daddy and I have spent a king’s ransom through the years on flashlights.

Maybe it’s a guy thing, but between the two of us, we have purchased just about every kind of light-emitting device the market  has produced—pocket-sized, incandescent, LED, Xenon, Krypton, Halogen, fluorescent, phosphorescent, radiant, manual (crank or shake) powered, multi-mode, tactical, penlight, floodlight, key-ring, glove compartment, camping lantern, rechargeable, and headlamp.

Only Batman himself has access to more illumination.

Our wives have never been able to conceptualize why men need a specialized flashlight for every occasion.

We need one to help us get into the deer woods early in the morning. We need one for when we’re rummaging around in the attic. We need one for the car. We need one for when the power goes out. We need one for night fishing expeditions.  And of course, we need one for when another flashlight doesn’t work. Guys need flashlights.

Nong Yousui doesn’t need our vast array of flashlights though. He’s quite the enigma. According to news reports, the youngster from Dahua, China has “cat eyes.” He can see in extremely low-light conditions.

Reporters recently took the bright blue-eyed youth (unusual for his ethnicity) into a dark room. They then gave him a questionnaire. To their dismay, Nong was not only able to read in the shroud of the quarters, but he was also able to correctly fill out the fill-in-the-blank form.

Today, he’s something of a world celebrity. Nong can see where other folks can’t. He’s “cat eyes.”

Daddy and I experience a certain amount of eye-envy. We could have saved a small fortune over time if we had been blessed with Nong’s night-vision acuity.

It occurs to me that there is yet another individual who can see where normal folks can’t—the Lord. His eyes can penetrate even the darkest caverns of the soul.

Consider but a few excerpts from Scripture:

  • “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
  • “For the eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
  • “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 33:18).
  • “For the eyes of the  Lord are on the righteous…” (1 Peter 3:12a).

Yes, the Lord sees where we can’t. He sees not only what we do, but why we engage in a particular act. He sees beyond the overt and down into the heart (cf. 1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 12:25; Luke 6:8; John 2:25). He sees motive; He sees intent (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:5).

We need to remember this important truth.

Brethren who struggle with integrity need to remember that Jesus can see what happens in secret (Job 11:11). His sight can pierce the thickest wall.

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

Then too, brethren who are faithful need to recall the Lord’s vision (cf. Genesis 5:7-8). When they are misunderstood, and their words or actions are taken out of context, Jesus sees what they’re really trying to say and do (cf. Psalm 139:1-6).

The Lord doesn’t judge based upon appearance. He looks beyond the external façade and reads the heart. Nothing escapes His gaze.

“The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men” (Job 34:21; cf. Proverbs 5:21).

He’s the REAL “cat eyes.”

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