Ben Zander, who conducts the Boston Philharmonic, authors books, and inspires countless people, says he measures success by how many shiny eyes he has around him. If he could have seen my eyes yesterday afternoon after watching one of his lectures he would have felt very successful indeed. I like Ben’s measure of success because it cuts to the quick of what’s important and reveals God’s fingerprint on human nature.
Shiny eyes happen when the beauty of the invisible God and his Kingdom breaks through into the natural world. Whether it’s the harmony and passion of a Beethoven Symphony, the tender touch of a friend, or the wonder of a good story, those things are all – at the heart – mere visible reflections of the passion, tenderness and wonder of the invisible God.
Abba wired us for shiny eyes and for all the things that cause them to shine. It’s one of His ways of courting us and inviting us into his Kingdom. When a man discovers a treasure in a field or a pearl of great price, his eyes will shine like diamonds in the sun – so much so that the Son told us, “YOU are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hid.” (Matt. 5:14)
I’m living this month in a city, (Sarajevo), where masses of people live in a dim, colorless world. Lets pray that the eyes of many will fall again upon the Pearl of Great Price, and will begin to shine with the wonder of the Kingdom.
“Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.” – Matt. 5:14