Sunday, August 30, 2020

You Are the Apple of His Eye


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Thy wings, Psalm 17:8 (NASB)

I grew up hearing my parents and grandparents use the expression apple of my eye. I was often told I was the apple of my daddy’s eye. There was even a polished, wooden apple, with a small picture of me in it, sitting on my daddy’s desk. It was a constant reminder that I was precious and important to my daddy.

One day, I began to wonder what that phrase actually meant and very shortly was surprised to discover the saying originated in the Bible, specifically, the Old Testament. So I went back to Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament and discovered that the apple of someone’s eye is the pupil. It’s even more than that—it’s the reflection of yourself in the pupil of someone’s eye. Imagine standing close enough to someone to see yourself reflected in their eye. This is a perfect picture of the close relationship God wants to have with us. He holds us so close and so precious that we can see ourselves reflected in His eye.

So what does that have to do with my writing life? It has to do with God’s character—Who He is. He is a creative God. The very first thing we see Him doing, in the first chapter of Genesis, is creating. We all have that aspect of God somewhere within. For me, it’s reflected in my writing. And I’m never more in tune with God than when I’m writing. Rather than looking tolerantly at me when I’m writing, I know God is rejoicing that I’m using the gift He’s given me to create.



So I encourage you, draw close, gaze into your Creator’s eye—revel in the fact that He loves you with a love that defies description—and then feel His joy as you become a living example of Who He is.

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram

13 comments:

  1. Awesome, you lifted up my heart and soul.

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  2. Loved you writing this morning, Edie. And I love the way you bring God and the Bible into your messages! Thank you again for sharing.

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    1. Diane, thank you for the encouragement! Blessings, E

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  3. WOW, Edie, beautifully written, my friend, and truly anointed! THANK YOU for the reminder!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, that means the world to me, thank you!

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  4. Edie, I had never heard an explanation of "the apple of the eye" before reading what you wrote. I love that description! That's going to go down in my memory. Thanks for posting this.

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    1. Roberta, it was life-changing to me when If found out! Blessings, E

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  5. What a wonderful picture Edie. I never knew about being so close to someone to be able to see your reflection in their pupil. To think that God's that close to us is amazing. How challenging to ask ourselves whether God sees his reflection when he looks at us.

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    1. Ellen, that's great insight! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Blessings, E

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  6. I love that verse, Edie! It's one of those that gives us a hint of how much our Father loves us.

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  7. What a beautiful picture of how much God loves us! Thank you!

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  8. Love the photo and the imagery. I like that scripture too. That's for the words.

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