3/14/16: That Look


As a preacher’s kid, I seldom sat with my parents in church. Dad was in the pulpit and Mom was in the choir, so my best friend Cissi and I sat out in the congregation together. We’d sing when we were supposed to, recite the Apostles’ Creed when we were supposed to, and participate in the responsive reading when we were supposed to. We liked hearing Daddy’s sermons because sometimes he would use us as examples, and we particularly enjoyed the choir and watching people getting dunked at baptism.

Every now and then, however, Cissi and I would get distracted from participation in the service by who knows what. We’d either start whispering back and forth, or be struck by irrepressible giggles we fought to control and conceal. Inevitably, Mom would zero in on us from her sentry-like position up in the choir stand. Feeling her gaze and trying not to look her way, we knew immediately that we’d be in a world of trouble if we didn’t straighten up. Just that look could discipline us, knock the silliness out cold, and redirect our attention back to where it should have been, on the worship of God.

Psalm 32:8 shows us that God has that look. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (NKJ). God has the ability to “look” at us through His Word. His very presence in our lives serves both to instruct (sakal) and to teach (yarah). By “sakal,” we receive the wit and wisdom as to how to behave ourselves; and by “yarah,” we are pointed in the right direction, aimed by God’s own hand as to exactly where to go, what to do, and what to say.

And so, like Mom in the choir stand, God zeros in on us from His position in Heaven and in our hearts. When we’re acting up, His gaze lets us know immediately that we’ll be in a world of trouble if we don’t straighten up. Just that look can discipline us, knock the waywardness out cold, and redirect our attention back to where it should be, on worship through obedience.

That look from Mom worked because we knew her so well. Cissi and I knew what she was capable of if we ignored her visual chastisement so we got ourselves together. Do you know God that well? He knows you and He’s constantly trying to get your attention. Honor God at least as much as we respected Mom. Look up today to see how He is guiding with His eye.


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~ by sanewriter on March 14, 2016.

3 Responses to “3/14/16: That Look”

  1. We have 3 Pastor’s Kids and they know the look well. 😉 Yes, I am a Pastor’s wife but I’ve never connected ‘The Look’ to God. Good ONE! I write for kids too. I’ll follow you, we, as kids writers, need to stick together. 😉 God Bless YOU!

  2. “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart.” John 14:27 NLT

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